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Bodybuilding in pregnancy

Recent research has found that weight training is safe in pregnancy.
 
Previously it was thought that increased levels of the hormone relaxin which relaxes ligaments and helps prepare the pelvic girdle for birth would increase the risk of injury by also making other joints unstable.
 
But in a study carried out at the University of Georgia in the USA a group of 32 pregnant women weight trained for 12 weeks at low to moderate intensity and experienced no injuries or adverse changes in blood pressure.
 
Some of the women experienced dizziness but this tended to resolve as they became used to the training.
 
The researchers concluded that weight training can be safe for women with a low risk pregnancy.
 
O'Connor P, J. et al. Safety and efficacy of supervised strength training adopted in pregnancy. The Journal of Physical Activity and Health March 2011 vol 8, pp. 309-20
 
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Dr. Griffiths qualified as a doctor from the University of London where he was a multi award winning student and won the prestigious St. George’s Dermatology Prize. After qualifying he gained experience in psychiatry, cardiology and urology and gained a Masters degree in Esthetic Medicine. He is also completing a book on sport supplements and writes for the Lance Armstrong Foundation as an expert writer on sport supplements and nutrition.


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    gymbabeliz
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    Re:Bodybuilding in pregnancy 2011/04/01 16:34:05 (permalink)
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    did anyone doubt that light-moderate training was safe?
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    Re:Bodybuilding in pregnancy 2011/04/01 17:06:10 (permalink)
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    There's many out there that must think it's a disease and anything more strenuous than sitting on the settee watching Kyle and co. is going to instantly kill them both. Course, whilst they are watching Jezza they must also consume copious amounts of calories on account of them eating for two. It's funny but I still fail to this day to envisage someone that is pregnant that instantly changes from 1 x 12 stone person to 2 x 12 stone people that are joined at the hip. I have to stop myself correcting them and advising that they're eating for 1.05 people

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    Re:Bodybuilding in pregnancy 2011/04/01 17:18:58 (permalink)
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    My Mother drank guiness and ate raw liver when she was pregnant with us 4 and nothing went wrong for her!! I bet she evn had stilton
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    Re:Bodybuilding in pregnancy 2011/04/01 17:26:45 (permalink)
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    PartyBoy 
    they're eating for 1.05 people


    FPMSL!
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    Re:Bodybuilding in pregnancy 2011/04/02 09:39:41 (permalink)
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    the most tragic thing i heard from a lady who smokes outside her office near our gym, all through her pregnancies, 'oh the doctor told me its more stressful on the body and the baby to give up smoking suddenly, better to just cut down' :-(
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