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July 27th, 2011, 06:11 AM
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As I am not quite knee-deep into packing yet, but starting to get organized with the process, I'm wondering....just how heavy is 20 lbs? My dr. said not to lift more than 20 lbs because of the ligaments stretching and joints loosening. But how heavy is 20 lbs? I mean, I think of all of the moms in the world with toddlers on the hip or carrying around a heavy baby carrier, that's GOT to be more than 20 lbs. So how concerned do I need to be as I pack a box and move it to a pile?

Do I get literal and get out the bath scale and try to find a 20lb box and then remember what 20 lbs feels like?

Meanwhile...my DH invited some coworkers over to grill tonight. FREAK OUT moment b/c we do have boxes all over and it means I need to have things looking a bit better over here. On the other hand, I'm really proud of him b/c it is totally not his thing to be Mr. Social. Our new house will be a much better space for entertaining, and I'm pumped up about that!!!
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July 27th, 2011, 07:54 AM
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I don't think you need to really worry too much. One of us was out slinging hay the other day, and yesterday my DH and I switched storage companies, and it was like moving, and I feel perfectly fine today. If it's a total strain, it's too much; if you feel okay, you're good to go. I know I lifted and moved boxes over 40 lbs yesterday; no problems today. I think the hayslinger (sorry I forgot who you are; I'm new) had some round ligament pain the next day, but that's it. Use your legs!!! And good luck; boy do I hate the moving process!
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July 27th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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My job requires me to lift way over 20lbs. I worked there through my entire pregnancy with DS and now with this one as well. I'm a firm believer in listening to your body. If it hurts or is too uncomfortable, stop. Like Blue-Jay said, proper lifting techniques will help as well, use your leg muscles and not your stomach or back.
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July 27th, 2011, 10:56 AM
white.house's Avatar Kelli
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Yeah, my 10 month old weighs more than 20 lbs and I carry him a LOT!
I would just recommend to follow your body cues. Lift as much as you can, but don't strain yourself TOO hard!
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July 27th, 2011, 11:10 AM
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I totally believe that if you are in shape or used to certain movements you should be fine. Like how Sarah said she has been working at her job for a long time and is used to lifting that amount. That's fine. But if you are not used to moving heavy boxes I say just stick to what you can do easily. If you have to strain to hard skip it and save it for DH!
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July 27th, 2011, 11:15 AM
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I'm a firm believer in listening to your body. If it hurts or is too uncomfortable, stop. Like Blue-Jay said, proper lifting techniques will help as well, use your leg muscles and not your stomach or back.
I agree with this!
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