Dear Fitness Expert,
Hi. I work on an organic farm and am about 4 weeks pregnant. I do a lot of heavy lifting throughout the day. When should I begin watching the amount of weight that I lift and what is too much. This is my second season farming so I'm fairly accustomed to heavy lifting, bending, etc.Thanks!
In recent years there have been a significant amount of studies on pregnancy and heavy lifting. Actually, I was part of one such study.Fortunately for you, you've hit upon the key ingredient for success -- acclimation. Your body is used to the regiment and should respond nicely -- this does not factor in heat and dehydration. Assuming that you are drinking plenty of water and are not overheating (please see more information regarding inner core temperature while pregnant, as in this article), you must first see your doctor. Talk to your OB/GYN about your schedule, what and when you are lifting. It is vital that you give an good estimation of the amount of weight you carry during the day. But rest assured, women can carry heavy weight (WITH PHYSICIANS PERMISSION) safely in the first two trimesters.
You may find that you feel strong and healthy in the third trimester but this is when the joint and ligaments in your body are shifting, preparing for birth. It is best to lay off the heavy weights in that last trimester to avoid injury.
Organic farm? Sounds wonderful. Good for you and good luck!
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!