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Exercise and Fitness

Lifting weights and pregnancy

12/17/2004

Question:

I was just wondering if there are any lifting exercises that should not be done. I am in week 5 and I like to lift and do weight machines.

Answer:

The American College of Sports Medicine cites the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines in regard to recommendations for exercise. Women who currently engage in a regular exercise program can continue their training during pregnancy without major modifications.

Above all, consult with your Obstetrician about any contraindicated exercises.

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Response by:

Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Director
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati