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Strengthening the back during pregnancy is important for maintaining good posture and a stronger and stable core; the core muscles wrap around and are connected to the back muscles - visualize a cylinder - so we want to keep the cylinder intact and as strong and stable as it can be throughout your pregnancy to prepare for labor and delivery. However, bearing weight onto your midsection throughout pregnancy is contraindicated and should be avoided. Some other options to strengthen your back, without applying weight onto your front side, include 1) working in a quadraped position and extending opposite arm an leg, or 2) come to a kneeling posture and perform back squeeze-ins with light handweights.
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