What is strength or resistance training?
The two are similar in that you use resistance, such as weights, barbells, bands, to generate force to move. The results may be to gain strength, fat loss, improve athletic performance or for injury rehab. In this sense for the article, let’s just call it strength training.
Is strength training safe in pregnancy?
Yes - but it depends. If you don't have contraindications to exercise and have clearance to do so, it's ok.
It is recommended women do 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, which can include aerobic and strength training based exercise. Even those who have not done it prior to pregnancy can do so, perhaps starting on lighter weights, doing less reps or sets, and taking greater rest periods.
What are the benefits of strength training in pregnancy?
You know how much baby paraphernalia you lugg around, right? We are training to do exactly this; not just survive but thrive in parenthood with a new baby and all the stuff! We bend, twist, squat, lift, hold ALL darn day. This can take its toll on our post birth bodies, so by maintaining strength in our muscles, we set ourselves up for a more pleasant postpartum experience (albeit with less sleep).