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Baby3September March 17th, 2014 01:16 PM

Hi Moms,

How seriously do you all take the advice of not to lift heavy things? My doctor told me that the only risk is for by back, not to the baby but I've heard stories of women lifting heavy items and tearing away their placenta. This happened to my mom when she was pregnant with me and was on bedrest for months after lifting something heavy caused her to bleed heavily. I have a toddler who is 30 pounds and I feel badly telling her that I can't carry her but I don't want to put the pregnancy at risk. Do you all lift your older children?

Mslily1125 March 17th, 2014 01:20 PM

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I don't have any other children, so I have no insight on that front. I know that must be difficult though. I will say that I won't lift anything even remotely heavy because I do have that fear of separating the placenta. I even carry less groceries than normal right now. LOL

Mrsknif March 17th, 2014 01:21 PM

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I try to sit down before picking up heavier children

kto1111 March 17th, 2014 01:27 PM

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I was wondering the same thing. I'd even googled it the other day because I didn't understand how lifting could harm the baby and found the same as you (about hurting your back). Since DH works 24-hrs, I really have no choice but pick up 30-lb DD from time to time. I try and minimize it, but at the end of the day, I need to get her in her crib! I also just try and be cognoscente of lifting with my whole body, etc. Getting her in and out of her carseat is the hardest though. She can do it herself, but it takes forever sometimes!

amberbanegas March 17th, 2014 02:02 PM

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I was going to say the same thing… Maybe if you could sit down and then hold your child. I did lift my son when I was pregnant with my daughter though… And everything was fine.

Maddy6912 March 17th, 2014 02:14 PM

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Lurking, but I live one the 3rd floor apartment and I have to carry my DD up the steps who is also 30lbs. When we get to the top my back hurts and my stomach. I hate it but I have to anyway. Im going to the doctor on Friday and will be bringing this up! Hopefully you get some answers

angelinal09 March 17th, 2014 02:36 PM

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Honestly, I've never paid much (okay, any) attention to the whole not lifting while pregnant (which is admittedly reckless in hindsight). However, this whole twin pregnancy has me being super cautious, in part because the one time I was pregnant with twins before, I miscarried at 14 weeks. So I'm heeding all advice to rest, take supplements, not lift, etc. which I've never really worried about before.

FlyingFlower March 17th, 2014 03:24 PM

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I limit picking up DD but I still do it. But I have to pick up a 30 lb suitcase daily for work so I can't really avoid it. I guess I mostly just use it as an excuse to not pick up DD when she can walk. She's almost 4 and 40 lbs so even if I wasn't pregnant I'd be concerned about my back.

lemieuxcrew March 17th, 2014 04:28 PM

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Yeah, I have a little munchkin that needs carrying. And, of course, sometimes by accident whacks me in my belly. :( I cant wait to start showing/baby kick so I can try to convey to her to be gentle around me!

Baby3September March 17th, 2014 06:15 PM

Re: lifting
Thanks everyone! Yea, my daughter likes to become passive aggressive and take forever to do certain things, such as climbing into her crib, climbing into her carseat so sometimes, the options are lifting her to do it myself or waiting 45 minutes for her to do it herself. I did put a stool next to her crib so she can use that to climb in and out, but this doesn't always avoid the power struggle of a toddler. Oh to think that our sweet babies will become headstrong toddlers before we know it!

disneydiva76 March 17th, 2014 10:54 PM

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I do. Or try to avoid it. We now say you're a big boy so you have to walk and hold mommys hand. Works "most" if the time.

I only try not to bc of my back injury. Just this week it went out again and you're hit with intense pain, spasms and can't move. It's on day 4 of that for me.
So although I love my son....he's gonna learn to walk lol

eva_luvs_dave March 18th, 2014 02:24 AM

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I lift :( My sil is disabled and I take care of her. She can stand up but with assistance but she is not always steady (she is bigger than I am). So I do the lifting but try to be cautious about it. I think I will have dh help me from now on though because I worry about any risks of doing so :/

Mrs_Oteez March 18th, 2014 04:17 AM

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I think it's unreasonable to think that we can't life our other children just because we're pregnant. Take a look at pregnant women in other countries who work in fields, do manual labor and take care of children while pregnant. Personally, I am cautious but I still do everything I did before I was pregnant. I lift weights, lift my children (I have a 2 and 4 year old) and run 4 to 5 days a week. I think that OB's tell you not to do certain things to cover their tales….just my opinion though. I'm pregnant not disabled…..

Urchin March 18th, 2014 05:46 AM

Until this weekend, I thought the lifting limits were kind of harsh too. My mother in law, & other people her age always said no more than 5lbs, and I kinda thought it was silly.
I carried my 30lb DD occasionally...and lifted her.

Of course, since my bleeding incident, I cant even be on my feet for long or risk lifting anything...its a serious order from my doctor.

I know life doesnt always make it conveniant, but trying not to lift heavy objects is something that shouldnt be compltely blown off.

Mrsknif March 18th, 2014 06:47 AM

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I picked up my then one year old the wrong way while pregnant w number three. I have had to deal with sciatic pain ever since 15 years. I can lift about thirty pounds the right way when pregnant w out too much trouble. If I forget and lift fifty say my one year old and three year old at the same time like I do not pregnant I'm in trouble.

Shades of Grey March 18th, 2014 08:54 AM

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I have a 20 some pound 15 month old that I have to lift all day. Other than that, I dont do more than is easy without strain. My sister just miscarried a few weeks ago so its more on my mind than usual.

Baby3September March 18th, 2014 11:55 AM

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Thanks everyone! I went to the doctor today for my 13 week appointment and saw a different one this time. This one was more conservative than the last. This one said no more than 25 pounds can cause the placenta to tear away and only lift when you need to. I guess moderation is key.

Mslily1125 March 18th, 2014 01:21 PM

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That is good to know! I don't know what decisions I would make if I had other children of lifting age, but since I don't there's just not a whole lot of reason to risk it at all. If there's someone else around who can lift heavy items, let them lift it. Just to be on the safe side. Ya know?

Caerus March 18th, 2014 03:17 PM

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The thought of limiting my lifting actually hadn't even crossed my mind! Good to know. I suppose I'll start using a cart at the grocery store, and asking for help carrying 45 pound bags of dog food to the car. I normally take it as a point of pride to carry my own stuff, because people assume that a 5 foot, 105 pounder can't do anything by herself. Forget that I've worked at a barn, where I regularly moved heavy bales of hay or bags of grain. :P Guess I'll have to suck it up, and learn to ask for help!


Originally Posted by Shades of Grey (Post 28005508)
I have a 20 some pound 15 month old that I have to lift all day. Other than that, I dont do more than is easy without strain. My sister just miscarried a few weeks ago so its more on my mind than usual.

So sorry to hear about your sister. :(

Maala March 18th, 2014 03:52 PM

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I have a 30 lb boy who also cries to be held and carried----I lift weights too. Lol. A lot heavier than 20 or 30 lbs! I guess I should tone it down soon huh...

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