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Weight Training During Pregnancy? Exercise Caution

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• Go over your exercise regimen with your doctor to make sure it's okay for you to continue at your current pace while you're pregnant.

• Don't do the Valsalva maneuver (lifting without letting your breath out). This maneuver results in a rapid increase in blood pressure and intra-abdominal pressure, and may decrease oxygen flow to the fetus.

• Avoid walking lunges. These raise your risk of injury to connective tissue in the pelvic area.

• Don't lift while flat on your back. After the first trimester, lying on your back can put pressure on a major vein called the vena cava and diminish blood flow to your brain and uterus. An easy modification is to tilt the bench to an incline.

• If you're feeling muscle strain or excessive fatigue, modify the moves you're doing and/or reduce the frequency of your workouts.


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Reviewed May 6, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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