Updated: Apr 24, 2019
How much weight can you safely carry during pregnancy?
Heavy lifting is a concern during pregnancy, but how heavy is heavy? I would say that pregnant women can lift up to 5 kg safely. Best to keep the weight below 10 kg.
Is it old wives' tale that it is unsafe to lift heavy things in pregnancy? Not necessary. There can be some risks.
The risk of injury is more to the mother and not the baby. The increase in the progesterone hormone causes the ligaments to soften, which leads to unstable joints. Also, the center of gravity of the pregnant mum shifts higher which puts more stress on her back and makes her more prone to strain. These two factors make the mother more susceptible to injury when lifting heavy things. So, be careful.