Bending and lifting during pregnancy

Probably you have heard about it once: you can not do too much bending and lifting during pregnancy. But what exactly is that? From when is not allowed, why can not you really bend over and lift during pregnancy? I picked it out for you!

Pregnancy lifting first weeks

In your first weeks you can still lift, bend, pull and whatever you want during your pregnancy. Of course it is important to listen carefully to your body. It is possible that in the first weeks of your pregnancy you suffer quite a lot from pregnancy ailments. Think of (morning) nausea, rather out of breath or headache. Before you start lifting something of 20 kilos, for example, it is wise that you are sure that you can handle it. Sometimes you can become light in your head and cause an accident. Better be safe than sorry!

Stooping dangerously during pregnancy

From the moment your belly takes serious portions (as from the 20 weeks) it is very wise to pay more attention with lifting and bending. It is not true that by bending over and lifting during pregnancy you increase the risk of miscarriage or that your baby does a lot of damage.

In any case: not as far as I have been able to find. What is dangerous when lifting during pregnancy, and especially in the last few months, is that you overload your body. You will then get back problems or you will be lost and fall with all the consequences. During your pregnancy your condition and your load capacity will change considerably. Some things you just can not do anymore.

Bending and lifting work during pregnancy

Do you work in a factory, construction, nursing home or nursing home, day nursery, shop, transport company, cleaning company or catering industry? In that case you will probably have to lift and bend quite often at work. But also women with young children or women who know that they often lift heavily have to pay extra attention. The national government has the following rules concerning bending over and lifting for pregnant during work:

  1. Limit yourself as much as possible in manual lifting of weights. This applies during pregnancy and up to 3 months after pregnancy.
  2. When you have to lift, the weight you have to lift in one operation must be less than 10 kilos.
  3. From the twentieth week of pregnancy, you can not lift up to 5 kilograms more than 10 times a day
  4. From the 30th week of pregnancy you can not lift more than 5 times a day, up to 5 kilograms


In addition, the government says that your employer is obliged to organize the work in such a way that it does not have any harmful consequences for you, your baby and the pregnancy. In the last 3 months you can not bend, crouch and kneel more than once every hour. In addition, you are not allowed to operate foot pedals longer than an hour per day.

What is your employer required?

Are you in paid employment? Then you are entitled to guidance from a company doctor. You can request a meeting with the doctor early in your pregnancy. The company doctor can, together with you, see which risks you run at work (think of harmful substances for example) and can give you advice.

Is there no company doctor at work? Then you can go to the doctor, midwife or gynecologist and then discuss their advice with your employer. Your employer is then obliged to look for solutions and take measures if you are overly burdened by your work. It is therefore advisable to announce your pregnancy in good time on your work so that your employer gets the time to arrange adjustments before you are too 'big'.

Why not lift during pregnancy?

The reason that you are not allowed to bend or lift during pregnancy is purely because your body can carry less weight than before and is therefore overloaded. This means that your load capacity is less.

During and even after the pregnancy, many physical changes occur in a fairly short time. Think of changes in your condition and in your posture. This will reduce your load capacity. For this reason the government has drawn up legal rules on how much a pregnant woman can lift. For example the rule: From the 20th week you can not lift more than 10 times per day 5 kg. Why is that?

From the 20th week of your pregnancy, your waist size increases. Your increasing waist circumference has a great influence on the load on your back and your balance. Imagine lifting an object from a shelf that is at abdominal height. If you are not pregnant, you can be closer to the shelf. That is the least damaging. But because of your belly you have to give up further from the shelf. If you lift something then your back is much more loaded because you are further away from the object.

In addition, your load capacity during lifting is also lower because you not only carry the weight of the object, but also the weight of your baby. Your back and pelvis are also faster overloaded because ligaments become more supple during pregnancy. To prevent back complaints and other damage to health is therefore very important that you take into account the fact that you have a reduced load capacity during pregnancy.

How bending and lifting during pregnancy?

Your stomach muscles have had to make way for your growing belly. Normally your abdominal muscles support your back while lifting and bending, but you can not count on that now. That's why it all comes down to your back muscles and they start to protest over time. If you need to lift, follow the tips below:

  • If you have to lift something (or your child) off the ground, first go through your knees, lift from your legs. You use your legs to come up and keep your back straight. So a squat.
  • Heavy groceries can best be divided equally between two bags.
  • Carry your children as close to your body as possible and divide the weight. Do not put your child on one hip. Try to make adjustments in the house (such as steps, etc.) to ensure that you have to lift your child as little as possible.

You have certain pregnancy courses such as pregnancy gym and mensendieck that pay extra attention to your posture, your back and pelvis and the bending and lifting during pregnancy. If you are interested in this, then there will be one data in your area.

Abdominal pain when stooping pregnant

Do you have stomach pain when stooping and are you pregnant? Always contact your doctor or midwife immediately. It is also wise to stop bending and lifting during pregnancy.

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