Is It Safe To Lift Weights During Pregnancy?
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Today we’re here to talk about weight training or weightlifting throughout your pregnancy and is it safe. Well, I can tell you that when my first child was just a couple of months old I took him out shopping for the first time. And getting him out of the car, I had his car seat in one hand and him in the other. I slung the diaper bag over my other shoulder. As I went to get the stroller out of the car, it dawned on me at that time how happy I was that I continued to lift weights throughout my pregnancy. You too can reap the benefits of weightlifting during your pregnancy. Here are four good guidelines that helped myself and my clients:
- Really think about seeking out the help of a prenatal instructor or a weight training instructor that has specific training on how to work with pregnant women. They are extremely effective because they help provide you with good posture and body mechanics which is really important when weight training. They would also be able to tell you what weight training exercises are most effective for you at the stage of pregnancy that you’re in./li>
- Think about using slow, controlled movements. Remember, your joints are a little bit vulnerable right now so you need to take care that you don’t have any quick, jerking motions when you lift your weights.
- Avoid standing. When lifting weights during pregnancy sitting is always preferable. When you stand for long periods of time your blood can pool in your legs. And if you want that added extra challenge, try sitting on a fit ball.
- Weight bearing exercises challenge your sense of balance. Ensure that good posture which will help to strengthening the rest of your body as well.
I hope some of these guidelines have helped to keep you healthy, fit and strong throughout your pregnancy so that you can really reap the benefits of prenatal weight training. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask.