Are you a pregnant woman who still wants to be fit by lifting? Or are you an expecting mom who’s nesting and itching to lift that heavy object that’s stopping you from cleaning or decorating your home? Try asking yourself this question then, “How much can I lift in my first trimester?”
Most people would think that carrying anything heavy while pregnant might put the baby and mom at risk, but it may not be the same for everyone. The amount of weight you can support during your first trimester is not set in stone.
Fit Pregnancy – Weight Lifting
Of course, women who’ve got other medical issues that limit weight lifting should stick to their original instructions when they’re not expecting, and ask their doctor if they should do some modification when it comes to lifting while pregnant.
As a general rule, working out by lifting an object below 25-30 pounds won’t harm an otherwise healthy expectant mom. As the pregnancy develops, a hormone known as Relaxin is produced, which can make heavy lifting an uncomfortable but harmless task.
Whatever physical activity you engage in before getting pregnant is normally safe during pregnancy (save for activities that may lead to sudden jerking movements or falling). But always remember that you should listen to your body – it’ll tell you when you’ve had enough.
In general, you should never lift anything weighing more than 20 pounds when you’re pregnant. Although your physician might be okay with this restriction if you’re already used to lifting heavy items even before getting pregnant. Exercising with caution helps whenever you lift heavy objects, especially as your pregnancy develops.
Lifting Heavy Objects During Pregnancy
When you’re expecting, your joints lose some of their stability and your ligaments loosen, so it’s very easy to hurt yourself. As your bump grows, this also changes your center of gravity, putting extra pressure on the lower back and making it more susceptible to strain—particularly when you’re lifting a heavy item.
When your center of gravity shifts, this can affect your balance, making you more vulnerable and prone to falls. Not only that a severe fall harmful to you, but it might also be dangerous for the baby since it may result in placental abruption (also known as preterm labor).
Some studies indicate that lifting heavy objects repeatedly, for example, a task involving physical labor, may slightly raise the risk of getting a low-birth-weight baby or, even worse, a miscarriage. Another study revealed that lifting objects weighing 22-44 pounds in the first trimester can be related to a greater risk of preeclampsia.
Talk to your doctor about how much weight you can safely lift when pregnant. Also, always practice the following lifting tips when you’re pregnant:
- Keep your back upright
- Bend from your knees
- Use your legs instead of your back muscles
- If the object you’re lifting puts a strain on you, don’t carry it
- Be cautious not to twist
- Carry the object near your body
And if the nature of your job involves strenuous work or heavy lifting, make sure you know your legal rights and your state’s laws. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 😉
Lifting Heavy Stuff While Pregnant
There’s no definite limit when it comes to how much weight pregnant women can lift or carry. If you’ve got a 20-pound baby at home, you might need to carry and lift her every now and then.
Did you know that when you’re on the nesting phase of your pregnancy, you might be tempted to rearrange furniture by yourself – even the heavy ones? 😮
Certain situations need good judgement. Follow your instinct. After all, you’re a mom – a mother’s instincts never fails (or so they say). If you’re still having doubts, ask your doctor or midwife, or other experienced moms before making an attempt to lift something that you shouldn’t.