They did this for 12 weeks, twice a week, starting around their 24th week of pregnancy.
O’Connor says the weights were kept low enough to avoid muscle injuries, and he says women could gain valuable strength that they could use as new moms:
“There’s not a tremendous likelihood of pregnant women getting adverse symptoms, and they increase in their strength.’’
O’Connor says women should talk to their doctors before starting a weight training program.
The study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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