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Is it true that pregnant women shouldn't carry heavy objects?

Pregnant women should be careful when they carry heavy objects, especially as their pregnancy progresses.

When you're pregnant, your ligaments become looser and your joints become less stable, making it easier to get hurt. As your belly grows and your center of gravity shifts forward, there's also more pressure on the lower back, making it more vulnerable to strain.

The shift in a pregnant woman's center of gravity can result in a loss of balance, too, which makes falls more likely. In addition to causing harm to the mother, a serious fall could be risky for the baby, possibly leading to preterm labor or premature separation of the placenta.

It's important to practice safe lifting habits when you're pregnant: Bend from the knees, keep your back straight, use your legs rather than your back muscles, carry the load close to your body, and avoid twisting. And if the load is heavy enough to cause straining, it's too heavy.

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