Yes, you certainly can lift weights during pregnancy and even while you recover from childbirth. Isn’t that surprising to you? Why the surprising part is that there are six major reasons to seriously consider lifting weights during pregnancy. Here they are:
As already mentioned, lifting during pregnancy increases your ability to maintain your postpartum weight as well. This means that you lose even more weight than you gain during the early stages of your pregnancy. Can you imagine having to continually gain weight in order to maintain the postpartum weight you had before your pregnancy? Not only would this be incredibly cumbersome, but it also meant that you would have to take much more care of yourself than you would have done previously. And that’s assuming you hadn’t already started pre-natal vitamins or other strength training programs.
Your lungs will benefit too from strength training in pregnancy. The lung capacity of your body will increase due to your increased blood volume and decreased need for oxygen as you carry your baby inside of you. This of course has obvious health benefits, such as being able to catch your breath when you are working out. Postnatal lung exercises (such as those that are done during yoga) can increase your lung capacity considerably. It will also allow you to exercise longer and lift more weights.
So how many women do strength training during pregnancy? While most women do some form of exercise, many women are afraid to do so because they are afraid of the possible harm that lifting poses to their unborn child. For example, doing strength training in general might put the spine at risk, especially if the woman is carrying her child. However, it is safe to lift light weights if done correctly and with the proper care of your body.
There is no need to avoid doing any kind of exercises during pregnancy. In fact, you should really start doing exercises in order to improve your physical health. Doing strength training can help you keep your muscles toned and healthy while simultaneously building the strength of your bones. When done safely, you will be able to keep your child inside of you without having to suffer from back pain, etc. If you feel the need to avoid doing exercises during pregnancy, contact your doctor to find out what kind of exercises you should avoid doing in order to make sure that you and your baby stay healthy.
After pregnancy, you may want to continue your workout and strength training even after your baby arrives. This is perfectly safe and actually recommended. Your body will be fully developed and ready to handle whatever is thrown at it, so there is no need to rush. Just make sure to get a full check up with your doctor before doing any type of workout to make sure that you are doing it safely.
Even if you are not yet finished being pregnant, strength training is still good for you and your baby. Many women mistakenly think that they do not need to do any prenatal exercises because they are not pregnant, but this is completely false. Postpartum women should still lift weights regularly and exercise after delivery. Your body is still recovering and your baby has just arrived. The key is to ensure that it is ready to take on whatever it is that is thrown at it. In fact, it is very common to see many mothers lifting weights right after they deliver their babies.
Once you have been nursing for twenty weeks, or after you have given birth, start up your prenatal exercises right away. You will find that lifting weights will be much easier and you will find that it is also better for you and your baby. The biggest mistake that new moms make is that they wait until the first trimester to start their strength training routine. If you don’t start now, you will find that you will be regretting it later. So, get those abs, get those shoulders, and get those arms – all of it!