Athlete Question 2: Are backbends safe during pregnancy?

First, I want to pose a question to you.  How would you like to perform or participate in circus arts after pregnancy?  A lot of what we CAN do during pregnancy isn’t unsafe, but does not set us up for optimal long-term athleticism.

Second, I’m not a huge fan of “yes” and “no” lists, but instead support you to perform “informed movement” and then you can decide what’s best for you and your baby.  However, “keep doing what you’ve always done” is not informed advice.   

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Client Question: Pregnancy and Deadlifting…

Bump Management and Modifications

Why talk about deadlifting during pregnancy? Have you ever reached across to a car seat to lift a baby or bend and reach over a crib? This motion of a hip hinge and lift is actually very functional for new moms and also can be very difficult.  It requires strength and coordination of muscles that have been stressed and stretched during pregnancy. Also, some mommas love to lift weights as a part of their regular activity, so we need to know how to support and modify this movement for function and for fitness. 

Athlete’s Question:

“I’m still deadlifting, but having upper left abdominal discomfort and cramping during the lift. I also feel like I need to change something up soon with my positioning, like going into sumo, as my bump gets bigger.”

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