If you did strength training before conception and you're having a normal pregnancy, you can continue to lift weights. You may have to modify your routine though by switching to lighter weights and doing more repetitions. The training benefit will be nearly the same, and you will reduce your chance of joint injury. You should skip the abdominal strengtheners altogether.
The best way to do strength training during pregnancy is under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Sign up for a pregnancy fitness class or splurge on a session with a personal trainer who can advise you on how to lift weights safely.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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