While the body will continue to grow while you are pregnant, you can still safely build muscle strength. During your pregnancy, however, you should focus on form and listening to your body. The weight and position of your growing belly may require modifications and adjustments. Prenatal fitness professionals can show you how to safely do the right exercises. In addition, you should allow yourself 48 hours of rest between strength training sessions.
While lifting weights during pregnancy may seem intimidating, it’s safe to continue doing so with a few modifications. While you should consult your doctor and a certified trainer, if you’re familiar with weight training, you can continue with your routine. During the first trimester, it’s safe to continue your normal weight lifting routine with modifications, such as lowering the weight and doing more repetitions with lighter weight. You should also focus on performing exercises that target all of your body instead of specific parts.
To safely build muscle strength during pregnancy, you can attend classes or hire a sports or personal trainer. Attending regular physical workouts during your pregnancy will not only raise your energy levels, but will also balance your hormones. And if you’re concerned about the risks of muscle strength training, it’s wise to check with a medical professional before you begin any exercises.
Pregnancy also causes the rectus abdominis to separate. Lifting weights with a pregnancy-friendly weight bench or wedge pillow is perfectly safe, as long as the exercise is performed correctly. In addition to correct weight lifting technique, strength training also strengthens the pelvic floor and core muscles. When lifting heavy weights, women should avoid using a Valsalva maneuver that causes abdominal pressure and decreases blood flow to the baby. Breathing naturally is safer.
Resistance bands are an excellent alternative to free weights because they are safe and don’t fall on a pregnant woman. Also, resistance bands come in various strengths and can be pulled in different positions. One type of band is easy to use, while another is difficult to lift. But whatever resistance band you choose, you should consult a trainer before incorporating them into your workouts. If you’re not sure about the resistance band’s safety during pregnancy, you can always ask a gym staff to change the workout to accommodate your needs.
When pregnant, you should exercise in moderation, but be sure not to do too much at once. During pregnancy, your body naturally releases a hormone called relaxin, which helps loosen ligaments and joints and prepare you for delivery. Because of this, your joints and ligaments become more flexible, you may be prone to injury while exercising.
When deciding on which exercises to do during pregnancy, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any workout routine. However, if you feel comfortable with weight lifting, it’s fine to lift a few light weights. During your pregnancy, your doctor may recommend that you consult a prenatal certified fitness professional or a pregnancy specialist before starting any new exercise routines.