Does Lifting Heavy Boxes While TTC Harm?

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
My husband and I just started trying to conceive, and we just moved across the country to a new house.

We want to know if there is any danger to a possible pregnancy from me lifting boxes as we unpack. I would estimate that most boxes weigh about 30 pounds, maybe 40 -- that's all I can lift!

I know moderate exercise is a good thing for me, before and during pregnancy, and I know how to lift properly, but I want to make sure about any risks to dislodging the pregnancy from lifting things specifically.

Thanks,
Jen

ANSWER

Hi Jen,
If you are:
1) A moderately active person.
2) Do not have any other medical issues (hypertension, diabetes, anemia, etc..
3) Are, in fact, lifting properly and...
4) Lifting 30 - 50 pound boxes there is no reason to worry.

You'd be amazed how resilient the fetus and your body can be. My biggest concern is your level of exhaustion, heat and physical.

To clarify, many people lose track of time while they are moving and do not properly hydrate themselves. No, drinking a coke doesn't count. By working long hours packing and hauling, your body needs to be replenished with water. The water will keep you hydrated and allow you to stay more cool. We often forget and don't realize how hot we've become when working so hard. Take plenty of water breaks to stay hydrated. By doing this, you will ensure more breaks for your body.

Most injuries occur when you are tired. You lose form -- lifting boxes -- and may hurt your back. Otherwise, happy moving and good luck.

-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!