Q I am in the early stages of my first pregnancy and am wondering if it is safe to continue to do light weight training? I had been training at home around three times a week using 5kg dumbbells and doing the usual arm, chest, abdominal, back and leg exercises. Are there certain exercises I can continue to do and others that I should avoid? It’s so hard to find information. Jane, via email A My partner is in the middle of her second pregnancy. Our son is 14 months old. If she was told not to lift light weights she’d have a pretty serious problem on her hands. Our little boy can’t go more than an hour without a cuddle from Mum and he weighs over 10kg. So, yes, you need to maintain your strength and your body can handle it. Go through all the major movements such as squatting, lifting, pulling, pushing and twisting, as these are areas you’ll need to be strong in once bub arrives. Listen to your body and reduce your range of movement and alter your weights and exercises in accordance with how you are feeling.