19/03/2019

Limit Heavy Lifting During and Immediately After Pregnancy

Working during pregnancy is generally safe, and workers can safely perform
manual handling tasks during most of their pregnancy, but they need to consult
with their doctors to set appropriate weight limits. Normal everyday physical
activities aren't a cause for concern, and moderate exercise during pregnancy
with your doctor's approval can help promote a healthy pregnancy. Nevertheless,
jobs involving very high physical demands, for example bending at the waist
more than 20 times per day or lifting objects more than once every 5 minutes,
may increase risks for some adverse birth outcomes. One does not know for each
woman, what amount of heavy lifting, prolonged standing, or prolonged bending
is safe during pregnancy. It depends partially on each woman's health, normal
physical activity, and stage of pregnancy. A talk to the doctor about what
level of strenuous physical activity is appropriate should help.

The US-American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has published
guidance on appropriate limitations throughout pregnancy and immediately after
giving birth.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)