Pushing It Through Pregnancy

I have this love-hate relationship with push-ups. I hate doing them, but I love the results. While pregnant, I am a still pushing out the reps.


At first, I was worried about attempting push ups while pregnant, so I modified my push ups with wall push ups, which I thought was so creative and clever until I discovered that wall push ups already exist.


Wall push ups are a great way for beginners to build up to regular floor push-ups and they are a great recovery exercise when you are injured.




Remember, as with floor push ups, form is very important. And, I don’t recommend listening to Rod Stewart while wearing a Flashdance outfit. Now, that’s really bad form!


Is it me or does this guy look like Neal Patrick Harris?




But if you’re feeling brave with your baby bump, you can still perform alternative floor (girlie) push ups while pregnant. Should your belly get in the way, simply spread your arms a little wider than your shoulders.




Whatever your style and comfort level (off the wall or on the floor), push ups are still a great way to keep your upper body tone while pregnant. But like with any fitness program, take cues from your body and know your limits.


  1. Sulema Kosar says:

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  2. kimert says:

    Good for you for keeping up with all that exercise while pregnant! I did push ups this week too. Thanks to Bob Harper and his darn bootcamp dvd! Ouch!

  3. Tiffany says:

    I actually perform countertop push-ups as I wait for the water to boil in the kitchen or my kids to finish their bath. The countertops allow for more of an incline than wall push-ups, but don’t require you to actually get on the floor.

  4. Ms. Latina says:

    I had to search through all your other posts just to make sure if you were pregnant and you ARE! CONGRATS I’m so sorry I didn’t realize earlier.

    And I have to admit, I was too scared to do push-ups while pregnant. Honestly, I can barely do a real push-up when I’m not pregnant!

    Again, felicidades / congrats!

  5. Karima Snapp says:

    It’s actually all about choices that we make when it comes to appearing and feeling good. Excuses only come when somebody has a priority that is higher. The challenge arrives when something else comes along that regards your health, then you have to reevaluate and figure out–for you–what is the most crucial.

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