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    Manual lifting and pregnancy

    Published on August 31, 2015 By Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, medical director, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group

    The increasing number of women in the workplace over the last 50 years has meant an increasing presence of women who are performing manual labor and lifting as a part of their jobs. This is in addition to the traditional presence of women in healthcare fields where lifting in hospitals and nursing homes has been routine. This raises the issue of what limits of lifting would be appropriate for employees who are pregnant and what risks this might entail for the health of mother and growing baby. Historically, repetitive manual lifting has been associated with increased incidence of low back p...

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