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June 4th, 2013, 07:36 PM
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My husband is scared I'm going to miscarry by lifting her into the car. She is rear facing right now and at 18 months and her weight and height, I think that's just where she needs to be. We recently bought her a new car seat and this car seat needs to stay in the car, and because my small SUV is a two door, I have to climb in and sit in the back with her while I buckle her into the harness. I get a little cramp, ok not even cramp but a tiny pinch, when I lift her and need to twist weirdly to get her in. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to miscarry. I've been there before I know how hard it is and how much it darn near broke me. For some reason, I'm not terribly worried about this one. Granted I'm not having strong symptoms, but I have enough that I'm not worried. If I'm going to lose this one anyways, I don't think not lifting my 25 pound daughter will avoid that.

Anyways, my options are this: Either forward face her (I think it's way too soon for that, based on the reading I've done) or just never go anywhere with her by myself until DH gets home from work and either watch her or go with me and lift her.
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June 4th, 2013, 08:45 PM
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I definitely wouldn't forward face her yet. I wouldn't worry, I've always lifted toddlers during my pregnancies and been completely fine. I still have to lift my 3 year old at times and he's pretty heavy. I also have a 19 month old that I lift often.
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June 4th, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Thanks, Jessica! DH is so stubborn though. He's like me lol. It takes a lot to convince him once he's made up his mind about something.
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June 4th, 2013, 11:54 PM
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Have your dh look up the story about the woman who, at about 5.5 weeks pg, went skydiving. Her chute didn't open. More surgeries than any person should ever have to repair her shattered body (including her shattered pelvic area) and about 7 months later, she had her baby. Crazy, yes? Lifting, falling, even toddlers bouncing on our abdomen do not lead to miscarriage. Our bodies make sure of that in how the developing embryo implants and is protected.
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June 5th, 2013, 12:43 AM
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It's fine! (As long as you are not on bed rest or something). My toddler is like 35 lbs. I still wear him occasionally!
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June 5th, 2013, 05:06 AM
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If hubby has his mind set about ff the car seat, show him all the videos and info about internal decapatation from children being ff too early. (Yes, I'm anal about car seats)
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June 5th, 2013, 08:38 AM
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Just tell your dh u ll forward face her when he's not with you. Then just rear face het anyway. That's what I would do. My toddler is around 28 lbs and I was worried about lifting him also. Things like in and out the bath etc.
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June 5th, 2013, 11:18 AM
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Thanks so much everyone! I don't want to lie to him though. He's stubborn, like me, but usually I can convince him about things. Not lifting and carrying our toddler is impossible when I'm home alone while he's at work. I'm sure ill be fine. Like I said, I'm really not that worried and as I said before, I did miscarry my first before we conceived Lily. I remember very well how hard it was on both of us and I'm the last person he needs to worry about doing anything that could endanger this baby. We need to protect Lily, too. When I start getting big at the end, getting her in and out at that angle would be really difficult so I don't know what I'm going to do when I'm big. Right now, I'm sure I'm not endangering this baby.
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June 5th, 2013, 12:27 PM
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I lifted all my children while pregnant. I kind of had no choice. they were all toddlers right behind each other. I still lift my daughter and she will will be 5 next month. She tots in our room in the middle of the night and pretty much every night I have to carry her back to bed when she falls back asleep. I guess I could wake my husband and have him do it but I just don't. I probably will stop the bigger I get. And my son is 27lbs and sits forward facing, has been for months now. His infant seat was up to 25lbs but his legs are way too long for rear facing.
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June 5th, 2013, 02:40 PM
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I never had any issues lifting Raianna when I was pregnant with Elyse and she was always in the 95% for height and weight LOL she was 15 months old when I got pregnant with Elyse
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June 5th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Just lift her properly, lift with your legs not your back. As long as your using proper body mechanics you'll be fine! My 12 m old is 26lbs.
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June 7th, 2013, 08:00 AM
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I wouldn't forward face her yet either. I have an almost 19 lb 6 month old who I will continue to carry, don't really have a choice, he can't walk lol. He's still in the infant carrier carseat, that may have to change, it's getting way too heavy. I don't think lifting your daughter will cause you to miscarry, I wouldn't worry.
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June 7th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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Lurking from Dec. DDC...I have a 25lb 20 month old that I lift and carry all the time. I have her forward facing because she was so uncomfortable and scrunched up in her car seat. I had littles back 15-17 years ago when forward facing starting at 12 mos. was the norm so I don't see it as a big deal to forward face after 18 mos. When I had DS2, DS1 was a toddler and I lifted and carried him through the whole pregnancy with no problems. I don't think it's an issue unless you're having complications and your Dr. tells you not to lift heavy objects. I highly doubt anyone would mc this early on ONLY due to carrying a toddler.
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June 7th, 2013, 11:25 AM
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Thanks so much everyone! I'm not worried, and DH seems to feel less worried, too. He hasn't brought it up recently anyways. I heard of that story with the skydiver. I saw that on one of those stories of survival type shows. That's incredible. He knows I won't do anything I feel is unsafe.
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