Should I be lifting my 24 lb 7 month old during my new pregnancy?

Lea - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am 4 months pregnancy and people have expressed concern about me lifting my son all the time? He is a big boy at 24 pounds...and I was wondering what other people think?

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Tanya - posted on 12/21/2009

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I've had all 4 of my kids close together..the second was 22 months after the first, the third 15 months after that and the fourth 16 months after that. I had to hold them, they were all still babies. It was soo hard with my 4th but it didn't do any harm, all my babies have been super healthy.

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when i was pregant with my son i asked my dr about that, i worked in a daycare centre where i was meant to be lifting a 25kg (50lbs?) boy. I was told that was to much, but the 15kg (30lbs) other kids were ok, as long as I was careful, and didn't walk around with them on my hip for a long time. I worked until I was nearly 8 months, and didn't have an issue.

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Chelle - posted on 12/21/2009

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well i have a 7 month old and im 17weeks pregnant.....i still lift her (although it gives me back ache.....but you should be fine, i have to carry my daughter and her buggy up stairs to get in my house (2 floor house above another)

Kate - posted on 12/21/2009

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Women have had toddlers to care for during pregnancy for centuries. I can't imagine they neglected either resonsiblity for any extended amount of time. As long as you are having a healthy pregnancy, I would continue to care for my toddler as always.

Kevlyn - posted on 12/19/2009

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I am 37 weeks and I have been lifting my 40 pound three year old and my 20 pound one year old the entire time...the doctor told me as long as i didn't feel it pull in my tummy area that it was fine...your body will let you know if you are over doing it... How does anyone expect you not to lift on your seven month old baby... You are that baby's mommy also...

Brandi - posted on 12/19/2009

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I think you are your son's mother, too and at 7 months old he's gonna need to be picked up from time to time. As long as you are careful and lifting from your legs (not reaching across things etc.) I would say go ahead and carry him away. My daughter was 2 years old (and about 25 lbs) when i was pregnant with my son and NO WAY was I gonna tell her that "No, mommy can't lift you" I didn't however lift anything ELSE while I was pregnant that weighed more than 15 lbs. or so. You need to meet the needs of BOTH of your kids and I don't believe (as long as you're careful) that lifting your little baby is gonna harm your unborn baby. Just my opinion.

Andrea - posted on 12/19/2009

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My son was 30lbs at a year and I had no one to help me during the day so i had to.. My daughter was born 8 months ago and over all she was a very healthy baby besides the Gastroschisis ( not caused for lift any thing just mean she forgot to close the abdomial wall and her inside were outside.) The Doctors tell you not to change any thing that you were doing before you became pergo ( or at least that is what mine said) other then Smoking or drinking those type of thing which every one knows lol... I would say Ask your doctor if you are truely worried.... I hope this is helpfu best wishes and merry x-mas and take care...

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well when i was pregnant i used 2 work with children aged 2-4yrs and i used 2 have 2 pick them up 4 nappy changes and run around after them,
i think its ok 4 u 2 lift ur son.

Jade - posted on 12/19/2009

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Throughout my pregnancy with my twins i lifted my 35lbs daughter whos almost three when she was sick or to get her in and out of the carseat. As long as you do it carefully and correctly (lifting with your legs, not your back) you should be fine. It you feel it starting to put too much strain on you, just get someone to help out if you can or hold him while you sit down so you can rest a little.

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