I see many women shy away from resistance training during pregnancy, and I wish they knew that the research overwhelmingly supports it.
Here are some recent training clips from @allegranicole_ – she is 6 months pregnant.
What fascinates me isn’t just the exercises that my clients are able to perform while pregnant. Its also what they aren’t able to perform. Every woman is unique in this regard.
Here is Allegra performing back squats, conventional deadlifts, b-stance RDLs, t-bell squats, t-bell SLDLs, 45 degree hypers (note how she lowers the pad down further than normal), single leg hip thrusts, cable pull-throughs, cable kickbacks, seated hip abductions, and hip thrust pulses.
When I asked her about other exercises that don’t feel right, she told me that lunge variations hurt her tailbone, Glute Loop exercises make her feel like she has to pee, and traditional hip thrusts are too hard to get off the ground and into the top position. So she avoids these. But there is still so much she can do!
Bottom line: Definitely lift weights during pregnancy assuming you don’t have any health complications, and be sure to make modifications to exercises and technique according to your unique anatomical and physiological changes.
Please share your experiences so we can dispel this myth.
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