I'm currently 19 weeks pregnant with baby number 2. Our daughter is almost almost two and 30 lbs. For my first pregnancy I followed all the rules and avoided heavy lifting although I don't recall any of the books actually provided an explanation of why to avoid it.

This time around it is more difficult. Our daughter has always been a mommy's girl and she's also going through the "terrible two's" attitude/pushing the limits thing. This is making it imposible to avoid lifting her. Apart from the tantrums that result from not lifting her if she wants the comfort or is tired of walking, there's the issues of lifting her into her crib or car seat or onto the changing table. If I change her on a lower surface she rolls around so much that it's like wrestling an alligator and the result is worse then lifting her to the change table. This weekend we were away and she was in the pack n' play which made it more difficult to lift her out of bed. The result has been sore hips, lower back, shoulders and I feel like I pulled something in the lower abdominal area (baby is still fluttering around but I am planning on calling the Dr. today to be checked out).

My questions are:

1) Is the extra strain on your body the only reason to avoid heavy lifting in pregnancy?
2) For those with more then one child how did you avoid lifting your toddler when pregnant?

UPDATE: Saw our family physician this morning and the baby is fine. I did pull a muscle. He said it's actually difficult to harm the baby. He understands that it can be difficult with other young children at home, but it is important to try to be careful and lift with your knees when you need to. He also said that someone who's had a c-section like myself is at extra risk of harming themselves due to scar tissue from the surgery.

I still could use some answers to 2)

asked 03 Aug '10, 13:15

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+1 Congratulations! I'm not really qualified to answer this one! but this is what I know; When I asked my Gynecologist about carrying (heavy)shopping, he told me that "heavy lifting could put you under the risk of your placenta becoming detached from your uterus", and also that heavy lifting could have varying effects on women depending on their age, general level of fitness and number of pregnancies

(03 Aug '10, 13:58) Emi

I look forward to hearing the responses. I am 9 weeks pregnant with a 26 pound 14 month old who also needs to be carried a lot. Right now I'm just too tired to pick him up much, but hopefully my energy will come back in a few weeks.

BTW, can daddy help out? I imagine not all the time, but he could at least do the changes when he's at home?

(03 Aug '10, 15:31) Anne

@Anne, Daddy and other family members help when they can but there are many times I'm home alone with her, which is just unavoidable and she's a mommy's girl and will at times insist that "mommy does it". At those times when I can I try to have someone do the lifting to put her in my arms.

(03 Aug '10, 15:33) Tammy ♦♦

Tammy is your physician able to give you an indication of how much weight is acceptable and what is not...and do you have to be more careful as you get "bigger" ? @Anne congratulations to you too....

(03 Aug '10, 20:38) Emi

@Emi we were only discussion my daughter who is 30 lbs. He implied that I was much more likely to harm myself then the baby so my assumption is that as I get bigger and less mobile that there is more chance of harming myself.

(04 Aug '10, 02:43) Tammy ♦♦

Is changing any easier if you give her some small object to play with?

(05 Aug '10, 05:13) Benjol

@Benjol that would of worked a few months ago but she sees right into that now. The problem (about 80% of the time) is if she's on the floor or the bed she sees that as playtime. We're working on potty training so that may end up being our solution.

(05 Aug '10, 12:36) Tammy ♦♦
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I don't have a reference right now, but I have read that another reason to avoid lifting heavy things is the increased risk of fainting when under physical exertion. The blood volume can lag behind the increased blood demand. This is one reason to stay well hydrated and to make sure one's iron intake is high enough.

(05 Aug '10, 20:27) Scottie T
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I remember that stage. A few tips that worked for us.

I taught my son for climb up on the change table and into his car seat etc. This is also wise to do in case you end up having another C-section (which is what happened for us). We also had a step stool that he could climb up to things.

I probably used my stroller with my son rather than let him walk even when it was short way as it was easier. I had problems with him laying on the ground and refusing to leave at playgroup so I would take the stroller and ask another mum to put him in the stroller.

For the last two months of my pregnancy we would go food shopping as a family as it meant I didn't have to do any lifting.

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Thanks KD I will try those out.

(04 Aug '10, 12:39) Tammy ♦♦
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I love your idea of teaching your little one to climb on to his change table or his car seat!

(04 Aug '10, 17:25) Emi
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Excellent answers. Sitting down on the floor for cuddles is an option (though not everywhere, I guess).

(05 Aug '10, 05:13) Benjol

For the crib lifting, you might consider trying to eliminate it. We transitioned both of our older kids to twin sized beds when they were just under 2 years old. But if you're not ready for that I like the step stool idea. Right before we transitioned our son from his crib to his twin bed(last week!) he figured out how to use a large toy near his bed to help himself climb into his crib...but he couldn't get out on his own.

I also taught my kids how to climb into their car seats and as for the changing table I like KD's step stool idea.

Or something I was doing (which might sound crazy): I was taking off my 2yr old's diaper while he was standing up in the bathroom and then using a step stool to have him climb up on the toilet seat & then wiping him from behind, then put his diaper back on while he was standing up. It saved me from getting down on the floor to change him (our normal routine) which is also challenging when pregnant :) It worked well for us because he liked using the potty like his older sister.

When we were out I tried to use the stroller as much as possible to help keep the tantrums down. My son likes to run around and get into trouble which often leads to tantrums when I have to tell him "no" so the stroller helped with that. And he could get in and out of the stroller by himself...so no lifting there.

My kids also wanted to be held at home, just because they needed mommy loving. In those cases I would just hold their hand and walk them over to the couch or a chair and then hold them while sitting down.

Good luck!

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A new bed is in the works so that will help and she's thankfully getting better at climbing into the car seat herself.

(16 Aug '10, 17:23) Tammy ♦♦
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