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Old 07-01-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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What type of Dumbbelll movements are suitable for Ladies who are pregnant

I presume most movements early on would be safe?
Goblet squats,
Suitcase deadlifts
Floor press, over head press
Rows ect

at later stages - perhaps seated press with lighter weights?

what are your thoughts and opinions?
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After the first trimester she should never lay flat on her back. That position cuts off blood to the baby. So anything on the floor or on a flat bench is a no go. Incline or sitting up is fine, oddly enough.

It's generally recomended that women may continue what program they were doing before becoming pregnant, however it's not recomended that women begin something new once they become pregnant. In other words, if she was lifting before, she can keep doing it, and keep doing it fairly heavy. But if she was not lifting before pregnancy this isn't the time to start. Instead keep it to a few slow walks per week along with some light stuff like the goblet squats you mention. Anything that strengthens the groin area should not only make birth easier, but should also improve recovery time after birth.

It's also important to note that pregnant women release a special hormone that makes them more flexible. This is to allow the birth canal to dilate properly, but it effects the entire body. Light stretching should be ok, but attempting to improve flexibility through intense stretching may lead to injury. This is also another reason why trying to improve strength or lift heavier for the first time is a bad idea.

When my wife first became pregnant she was still lifting, so we collectively did lots of research on what she could do. There's a lot of misinformation out there from doctors trying to cover their asses by telling woman to lift nothing or no more than 5lb during pregnancy.
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Soldier, thanks for the detailed response
The person in question is has already been doing strong lifts, but planning ahead of time
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