Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, and Other Chronic Disease Prevention Program

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The Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, and Other Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CRC) provides leadership in the prevention of a number of different work-related diseases and conditions. The CRC Program works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia focusing on preventing and reducing: (1) occupational cancer; (2) adverse reproductive outcomes related to work; (3)  cardiovascular disease (CVD) among workers; and (4) occupational neurologic and renal disease.

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How much weight can a healthy pregnant worker lift at work?

To address this question, NIOSH, in collaboration with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Defense, developed provisional clinical guidelines with maximum weight limits for pregnant workers according to their work tasks. These findings were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and can be accessed hereExternal . NIOSH expects that most pregnant workers with uncomplicated pregnancies would be able to lift weight within the recommended limits without increased risk of adverse maternal and fetal health consequences.

The infographic below summarizes the guidelines. Click the image below for a full-size version.

Weight Limits during pregnancy chart

A complete discussion of reproductive risks that both women and men face in the workplace can be found on the NIOSH Topic Page Reproductive Health and the Workplace.

Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018