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are push-ups safe while pregnant?

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Asked by JoyBree at 7:55 PM on Jul. 8, 2008 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Push up bra's? yes. Push-up popsicle's? yes to those too.

    Answer by vbruno at 8:08 PM on Jul. 8, 2008

  • My OB said it was safe to do the girlie push ups (on your knees). Regular push ups are too hard on your back (that's from personal experience)

    Answer by cassie_1337 at 8:58 PM on Jul. 8, 2008

  • Due to my high level of physical fitness before getting pregnant this time I've been over all of this stuff with my doctor :). Pushups are absolutely fine as long as you are using proper form and you don't feel any discomfort in doing them.

    Answer by MamaPyratekk at 9:34 PM on Jul. 8, 2008

  • agreed with mamapyratekk... they are safe as long as you use correct form and it's not making you uncomfortable or hurt.. dont push yourself to do more than your body says you can

    Answer by mfialdrdickhaus at 10:43 PM on Jul. 8, 2008

  • As a rule of thumb you should never start any physical activity during pregnancy that you were not doing before you got pregnant. This German lady ran a marathon when she was 26 weeks pregnant but then she ran marathons all the time.

    If you didn't do any physical stuff before pregnancy but would like to start for the sake of the baby then stick to walking, swimming (where the water gives you tons of support) and gentle yoga and pilates. Everything else, including stretching, dumb bells and push ups can be really dangerous as all your ligaments are currently loose to allow the baby to grow so you can put out muscles really quickly. If you have always done these exercises then keep going as long as you can but eventually that stomach is going to get in the way of push ups as you can't lie on your tummy after about 24 weeks. You might want to try them against the wall? Stand facing the wall, about two feet away, put your hands flat on the wall and push. Good luck!!

    Answer by PlasticSurgeon at 2:01 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • i found the best way to do pushups while pregnant is by using the wall or sofa. they aren't as hard as the normal ones on the ground but you really feel them in your arms and chest.

    Answer by tering at 5:28 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

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