(Closed) Lifting weights while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

20 lbs is not very heavy – don’t young children weigh more than that? What if you already had kids? Are you considered a more risky pregnancy? That seems very conservative IMO, but I wouldn’t want to disobey Drs orders! You can always get a second opinion.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Maybe your OB is old school/super conservative.  Most OB’s now say you can continue to do what you were doing.  20 lbs lol.  That plus the whole 140bpm heartrate seem kind of outdated now.  My 2 year old weighs 30lbs and is 3′ tall and I often have to pick her up and carry her very frequently.  I never lifted super heavy weights but I continued what I was doing and did squats or lunges with 40lbs.  Mine has never told me not to lift over a certain amount.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Mine said the same thing. I joked with my hubby, 20 pounds total or in each arm? I’ve seen so many woman continue weights and exercise throughout. I’m in the same spot! I am cutting back a lot on running though beucause it is SO hot ( phoneix!), I tend to overheat.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

I mean, I’m not a mom, but are you saying that you trust Crossfitters on the internet more than you trust your actual doctor?

Get a second opinion, definitely. But don’t be like, “Well I saw a picture on Pinterest…” because that is fo sho not reliable.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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futureSydow:  I did CF throughout my pregnancy, even the day I ended up in labor. I had been doing it about 3 years at that time. My doctor told me to continue doing what I had been doing before getting pregnant and not to push myself or try to set any records. 

I was back at the gym when my daughter was 2 weeks old. Again with the doctor’s permission. 

I think your doctor’s info is outdated. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My doctor told me I could keep up any activity I was used to doing and did regularly. But if she told me not to lift x weight or do particular things, I wouldn’t.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I go to a pregnancy specific gym with a personal trainer and we only do weight training. Lots of lunges and squats too and my doctor was supportive as long as I didn’t do too many things on my back or with twisting. My trainer talks to me a lot about the proper form to support my back to support my baby. But everyone knows their own limits. I know everyone touts walking but I have the WORST groin pain when I walk (likely round ligament pain) so training is my only exercise. Congrats on your pregnancy!! Also I am not an exerciser by nature and started at the gym in prep for TTC. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

I don’t lift weights but I have a 25lb toddler that often wants/needs to be held. It’s unrealistic to think I won’t be carrying her often throughout my pregnancy (Unless I have placenta previa again, but that’s a different scenario). I would maybe seek another opinion, and if anything maybe scale back a little. Still workout but just not as intense.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

With my Dr’s approval, I continued with my normal fitness routine which included running, lifting, HIT, yoga, Pilates and boot camp.  I stopped doing hardcore ab workouts at 6 months, just modified with my trainer but I did have a pregnancy trainer who was in constant communication with my Dr.  I think that communication may with your HCP may be the key.  Overall, I had a fit pregnancy, no issues.  I am glad that I worked out for my mental sanity.  And then it really helped post pregnancy to get back into fitness and drop the baby weight.  Do what is right for you and your baby with your HCP’s approval.  Hope that helps, best wishes!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

With my doctor’s approval i am continuing everything I was doing before pregnancy, which yes, includes crossfit and weight lifting (much, much more than 20lbs). 

Your doctor’s information sounds wildly outdated and I would get a second opinion. Unless of course you’re high risk.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

My OB told me to continue what I was doing before I got pregnant, within reason. Obviously no hot yoga. Also said no to HIIT training. She suggested I stop kick boxing at the 20 week mark, to protect my joints and because my center of gravity is off. She encouraged weight training, light-moderate cardio, squats and lunges. I was told to listen to my body and to modify my workouts as my pregnancy progressed. 

I had a midwife tell me not to lift anything over 20 lbs, and that is impossible 100% of the time. I have a toddler and he’s 28 lbs. However, when I’m at the gym I try to stick to the 20-25 lb mark and just increase my reps. I had low fluids at the end of my last pregnancy and I don’t want any complications with this pregnancy, so I’m following orders. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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futureSydow:  I’ve met with the nurse last week and will meet with my Dr. in two weeks. Nurse said I could continue doing everything I was doing but to do light weights. I’ve cut back, 1 because I’m scared and 2 because my body is just so much more sore.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

My doctor is pretty relaxed and said listen to your body. I do light weights and light cardio. It doesn’t make sense to me to quit taking care of ourselves, I don’t see how that would promote a healthy pregnancy. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

It really depends on every pregnancy. With my first, I lifted heavy weights  3-4 times a week. This pregnancy I’m still working out 6 days a week, but have backed off on weighted squats and lowered may weights because I’ve had some pelvic pain and sore muscles this time around.

I think the safest thing is to listen to your body. If you feel comfortable you are probably safe, just don’t push yourself if you are having any problems. Pregnancy is a time to maintain a healthy lifestyle including exercise but not a time  to push… you just want to keep moving and stay strong not build. Good luck.

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