You’re pregnant (or trying to get pregnant) and you want to continue weightlifting during pregnancy.
Chances are you’ve heard from doctors, nurses, and well-intentioned family that you shouldn’t lift more than 10 pounds. You want to do what’s best for your little one, but you also want to continue doing the activities that keep you happy and healthy.
Good news: you can!
Women continue to shatter the barriers and pre-conceived notions surrounding weightlifting during pregnancy and medical professionals and fitness industry experts are taking notice.
Here, you can read articles about the benefits of weightlifting during pregnancy; how to continue safely lift throughout pregnancy; and get the tips and advice from medical and fitness experts on lifting before, during, and after baby.
I began lifting about six months before I became pregnant with my first daughter. Like many, I first got my hands on a bar through CrossFit. I loved how it made me feel — strong, capable, like I could conquer the world.
I progressed quickly, squatting 200 pounds and deadlifting twice my body weight. After turning my focus to Olympic lifting, I found out I was pregnant.
At my first doctor’s appointment, my doctor told me to continue working out and lifting. Then I sat down with the nurse to go over the plan for the next nine months. She handed me a folder of paperwork with nutritional guidelines, what to expect pamphlets and hospital information.
Then she told me that the doctor had told her that I could continue my workouts and lifting and that I should keep my lifts in the 10-pound range. When I told her my deadlifts were 20 times that amount, she begrudgingly said, “I guess you can lift 25 pounds.”
Disclaimer: This post is for women who already have a solid understanding of weightlifting and are pregnant/trying to become pregnant and hoping to continue lifting throughout their pregnancies. I am not a trainer or medical professional. These are just tips that I have found useful as I continued to lift through two pregnancies.
This is a post about weightlifting — real weightlifting. Most internet searches of “weightlifting while pregnant” churn up results for “lifting” with 15-pound weights or, as my husband calls them, “the pink dumbbells.”