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Hula Hooping During Pregnancy is a Thing!

Girl with hoopLast year my daughter’s preschool held Field Day on a gorgeous morning in May. I showed up to volunteer and was psyched to see hula hoops out for my, I mean, the kids’ entertainment. Within 20 minutes I had challenged my friend, Julia, to a hula-hooping contest. All my 8 year-old hooping skills came rushing back and I totally crushed her. (Sorry, Julia.)

Recently Julia jokingly asked me if we were going to face-off again at this year’s Field Day. I laughed my butt off at the idea of me hula-hooping while 8 months pregnant. Ha! Given that I no longer have definable hips or a real waist I told Julia I doubted I’d be able to keep the hoop up for more than 5 seconds.

Well, it turns out I should stop laughing and bust out my old hoop because hula-hooping during pregnancy is a real thing!

I saw this new clip on Fox News about a new exercise trend called Hoopnotica hoop dancing. As an alternative to a quiet, calm prenatal yoga class, pregnant women can take a low-impact cardio dance class using a hoop. It strengthens core abdominal muscles, and can help tone legs, arms, and chest muscles, too!

As a long-time veteran of prenatal yoga classes, I am very intrigued by this–especially the  part about how Hoopnotica focuses on core muscles. After both my previous pregnancies I suffered from diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles that causes that oh-so-attractive muffin top. This hula hooping exercise program strengthens all those muscles, thereby potentially minimizing the separation.

Best of all: they make special hula hoops that expands and get bigger as you progress through your pregnancy. So awesome! Sign me up!

Source: FoxNews.com

Photo credit: iStock

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