Opinion: Lifting While Pregnant

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Many of you have probably seen the outrageous backlash against pregnant women weightlifting while scrolling through your social media feeds. Women like Emily Breeze, Lea-Ann Ellison (pictured above), and Meghan Leatherman have become victims of online bullying because of this. Although I am not pregnant and do not plan on becoming pregnant anytime soon, I live a healthy lifestyle and would like to think that if and when I decide to have children, I will still be lifting weights. And this is where I’d like to clear the air a little bit.

According to J.M. Pivarnick and L. Mudd (2009), lifting weights during pregnancy does not affect the child in any way as long as the mother was lifting weights regularly before becoming pregnant. It is not safe to start lifting heavy weights during your pregnancy if you were not doing so beforehand. The same goes for running and other types of exercise programs.

However, there are some things to take into consideration. Being pregnant can throw off a woman’s center of mass, which may make some lifts and movements more difficult and they may need to be modified in certain ways. Pregnant women also need to make sure to drink plenty of water during workouts and eat sufficiently afterwards, as working out diminishes energy stores and can increase dehydration more quickly in pregnant women.

My opinion is if you are pregnant and you want to continue your lifting regimen, do it! But you’ll need to stay on top of your health and your baby’s health by communicating with your doctor. Listen to your body… It will let you know when enough is enough! Stay hydrated and eat well. Keep doing you, baby!

 

  1. Artal, R. and O’Toole, M. (2003). Guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists For Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 37: 6-12.
  2. Pivarnick, J.M, Ph.D., and Mudd, L. M.S. (2009). Oh Baby! Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 13(3): 8-13.

Opinion: Pokémon Go

I’m sure everyone and their mothers has heard one thing or another about Pokémon Go. Maybe all you know us that a girl walked onto a highway while playing or that people are using drones to play the game. Although these are both unfortunate and somewhat alarming, I think there is a bigger picture to see here…

I can’t speak for everyone else, but when I was a kid, I remember always wanting to go outside and play manhunt or cops and robbers with my neighborhood friends until my mom yelled out that it was time for supper. I have a brother who is 8 years younger than me, and it basically feels like there is an entire generation between us. He has NEVER wanted to go play outside. He has his own computer and video games and is always staring at a screen. The only reason he used to go outside was to walk our dogs when my dad threatened to take away his games if he didn’t. Things have changed a bit since the game came out.

So here’s how the game works: you have to physically walk to move your character to different places where you can then catch Pokémon, take over gyms, or hatch some pokèmon eggs that you’ve been incubating. If you move at about 15-20 mph (i.e. riding a bike), you can hatch your eggs even faster. My brother, who used to sit and play Pokémon on his Gameboy at the age of three, jumped at the chance to download this game. Because of this game alone, my brother now volunteers to walk the dogs and accompany me to the park to play Pokémon. It has done what no other person or thing could do – get my lazy brother off his ass and actually outside.

Some may argue that walking is barely getting active, but this is where I disagree. Any movement is better than no movement at all. I am all for this game if it gets people moving. There are also different types of Pokémon in different areas of different countries, encouraging people to travel to places they may not go to otherwise, local or not.

Would it be nice for people to go outside and unplug from all things electronic? Well yes, of course, especially when people are falling off cliffs from looking down at their phones. All I am saying is I think Nintendo deserves a round of applause for doing something that most gaming companies have failed to do – get people up and out. I think this is a step in the right direction, especially for the future of gaming.