Does Lifting Heavy Boxes While TTC Harm?

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


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.


Getting Pregnant While Overweight

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture


Dear Nutritionist,
I recently started an exercise program, because I am a little overweight. I am 5'7" and I weigh 179, but I am still pretty muscular from being very active most of my life.

My husband and I want a baby very badly, but my stomach is getting in the way. When I sit down, I have a couple of big rolls. I just want to know if I should work harder to get my stomach into better shape before we conceive, or just don't worry about it and lose the weight afterwards. I plan on exercising and eating healthy throughout my pregnancy.