What is safe for me to lift???

Deborah - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have to move tomorrow I am 8 wks pregnant. How much weight is safe for me to lift??

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Bethany - posted on 02/24/2009

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You know what? I found this to be so funny when I was pregnant- everyone always says to not let the pregnant lady lift anything (I had said it myself dozens of times before being pregnant!) but I noticed while reading my pregnancy books and lists (and I read a LOT of stuff!) never once did it say not to lift things! I mean it certainly makes sense not to overdo it but I expected to see that as the #1 DON'T on every list!

I remember being paranoid one night at work when I was about 7 or 8 weeks pregnant because we were moving heavy tables and displays around I was couldn't "not" do it because I didn't want anyone to know that I was pregnant yet! I almost cried thinking I was hurting my baby! But we were both fine!

My advice is to just use your common sense- if it feels like strain I wouldn't do it- but you know your body best (and like I said- it can't be that much of an issue or more people would put it in their books!)

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Enjoy it (and your new place!) It will go by quickly!

PS- Definitely use the "do not lift" rule when it's suits you though! Like I think there IS a rule that pregnant ladies can't take out the garbage! haha! :~)

John - posted on 02/24/2009

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Im 8 weeks pregnant and in work im not aloud 2 lift anything heavier the 5 kilos

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Stacey - posted on 02/24/2009

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Congrats on your pregnancy! I moved when I was around 16 weeks along, and my biggest "problem" was that I had this bump on the front of my body and couldn't carry things like I normally would have. ;) Think of it this way, try not to lift anything TOO heavy, but realize that if this was kid number 2, you'd be lifting kid number 1 while pregnant with this one. In other words, I'd lift as much as a little kid would weigh. If that makes sense? Also, take breaks, even if you don't feel like you have to. In the end, I ended up hurting my back (at some point during the moving process) and it has been a pain ever since. Some days it is fine, but other days when I tend to overwork myself it just kills me. It seems like it's easier to hurt and strain yourself when you're pregnant (I've never had problems with my back before!), than when you're not. So, just be safe about it and don't overdo yourself! Good luck with your move! :) And with your baby. :)

Gemma - posted on 02/24/2009

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any lifting during pregnancy can be a worry, i was lifting all sorts of thing right up till my baby bein born but i suffered near the end of the pregnancy feelin exausted and back pain, just enjoy your pregnancy and get as much help as possible

Diane - posted on 02/23/2009

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congratulations on your pregnancy, i agree you need to try to get some help, even if it means hiring some sort of odd jobbs man, i moved house 3 weeks ago when i was 10 weks pregnant but luckily i had my partner, dad and brother to help so i barely liflted much at all but when it came to a point a few days later where i had to lift a washing machine up some stairs i strained my stomach and my back and all it caused me was pure worry that i had done something to hurt the baby, i think it was more hassle than it was worth.

i hope you manage to sort something out and good luck with the move :)

Lizette - posted on 02/23/2009

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Remember that in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy it is very important to take it easy as the cells are still attaching themselves. Don't overdo it. And if possible, ask someone to come and help out.

Rachelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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Your body can handle a lot when you are pregnant. My first son was six months when I became pregnant with my second and I toted him around everywhere. When I gave birth he was up to 30 pounds and I was still picking him up and chasing him around. You should be fine but if you feel funny at any point in time, I would just take a break.

Deborah - posted on 02/23/2009

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I am actually in good shape and can handle quite a bit. My problem is, I will probably only have one other person to help me move a bed, drawer, and couch!! Im a little worried, but don't really have any other option. I HOPE someone else helps pitch in.....

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2009

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dont strain yourself, and listen to your body, it mostly matters how strong you are, and how much you can easliy lift, i moved when i was 20 weeks pregnant, and i lifted a couple of the light boxes , but i mostly directly people where to put boxes, and packed and unpacked the stuff,

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