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Is It Safe to Lift Weights During Pregnancy?

Lifting weights during pregnancy is actually safe.

Yes, weight training is a great way to stay in shape during and after pregnancy. When exercising during pregnancy, you should focus your goals on toning, rather than weight loss. A good way to help you reach your goals is to consult with a personal trainer or wellness coach.

In order to guarantee a safe workout, make sure you are aware of the special precautions of exercise during pregnancy. Check with your doctor before starting any workout regimen. When strength training, shoot for lighter weights and higher reps.

Avoid walking lunges, since they may put stress on the abdomen. After the first trimester, avoid exercises that require lying on your back. Do not do the valsalva maneuver, which is forcefully exhaling without releasing air. And most importantly, listen to your body.

As long as you follow these guidelines, you should be able to safely work out during pregnancy.

Tips written by Lori Sarne, personal trainer at Ellis Athletic Center.

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Henry Taylor August 24, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Lifting weights is actually safe for mothers during pregnancy, only if you know which exercises to do and what positions would not compromise the safety of the baby. I would advice against over exertion because we never know what an increased heart rate would do.

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