It is generally safe to lift moderate amounts of weight during pregnancy. However, prolonged standing or heavy lifting during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm delivery due to changes in hormone levels that affect the spine's ligaments and joints.
It's important to listen to your body and take precautions to reduce the risk of injury. Check with you doctor before starting any new workout routine.
Here are some guidelines to consider:
- Avoid lifting heavy objects. Lifting objects that weigh more than 25 pounds (11 kg) can put strain on your back and abdominal muscles, which may be weakened during pregnancy. If you need to lift something heavy, ask for help or use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury.
- Use good body mechanics. When lifting, keep the object close to your body, bend at your knees, and straighten your legs to lift. Avoid bending at your waist or lifting with your back.
- Take breaks. If you need to lift or carry something for an extended period of time, take breaks to rest and avoid overloading your muscles.
- Pay attention to your body. If you feel pain or discomfort while lifting, stop immediately and rest. If the pain persists, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance.
How much weight can lift in each trimester of pregnancy?
Follow these guidelines from the CDC regarding how much weight you can lift.
|Trimester||Amount of Weight (3)|
|First||Up to 23 kg (51 lbs) repetitively|
|Second||Up to 23 kg (51 lbs) repetitively until Week 24, then intermittent lifting of this amount is permitted|
|Third||Intermittent lifting of up to 23 kg (51 lbs) is permitted|
Overall, it's important to use caution when lifting during pregnancy and to listen to your body. During the first half of pregnancy, it is generally safe to lift up to 23 kg (51 lbs) repetitively, and intermittent lifting of this amount is permitted until Week 30. After Week 20, repetitive lifting of this amount is permitted until Week 24. If you have any concerns or questions, it's always best to consult with your healthcare provider.
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Citation: The information in this answer is based on general guidelines for lifting safely during pregnancy. If you have specific questions or concerns about your own health, it's always best to consult with a healthcare provider.
- (1) American Pregnancy Association. (n.d.). Safe lifting during pregnancy. Retrieved from https://www.americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-health-wellness/safe-lifting-during-pregnancy/
- (2) Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Pregnancy and exercise: Baby, let's move! Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-exercise/art-20046896
(3) Physical Demands (lifting, standing, bending) | NIOSH - CDC from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4606868/