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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - Get Fit -

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.

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