is it okay to pick my toddler up

Shemekia_brown16 - posted on 10/01/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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"is it okay to pick up my toddler even tho im 21wks(5months) pregnant?"

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Whitney - posted on 10/03/2012

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My doctor told me all the time that I was pregnant not disabled. I was told to for exactly what I did before I got pregnant. As long as the exercise was something my muscles were use to. I worked at a battery factory and had to lift batteries that were on avg 50 lbs and team lift batteries that were between 150-200 lbs. As long as you aren't high risk.

User - posted on 10/01/2012

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You are not supposed to pick up heavy things because it risks hurting you, your ligaments and muscles arent as tight as they were before you got pregnant. If you are asking if it will hurt your baby, it wont. But i spent days where i couldnt move and had to have my husband help me stretch in the pool because i was in so much pain from lifting things i shouldnt have. If you need to lift your toddler up for some reason bend at the knees, not the waist.

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Summer - posted on 10/04/2012

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I do. My 4 year old daughter is a solid 50 lbs. I would say it depends on what your needs and comfort level is.

Mommy - posted on 10/03/2012

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Up until the day I delivered my 30lb 2 year old wanted me to pick her up and carry her down the stairs. My back hated me for it, but we all survived :)

Lori - posted on 10/03/2012

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You aren't supposed to pick up more than about 20lbs or so. Just use your judgement. Especially be careful if you have to go up and down stairs. While I was pregnant with my son this past winter my daughter (2 at the time) was still being carried down the stairs in the mornings. We just moved to a place with stairs and she was still getting the hang of going up and down them. One morning about a quarter of the way down the steps I slipped and we fell the rest of the way down. I protected my daughter by pulling her in front me and she only had her leg drag down the stairs some. I took the brunt of the fall on my back. We all ended up without serious injury. I just messed up my back more than it was already. After that I did what I could to make her walk down by herself or woke up my husband to help me. Just take it easy, don't over do it and ask for help if you need it.

Ashley - posted on 10/03/2012

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Your not supposed to but thats your child and tbey dont understand. You do what you feel is right for you just dont overdo it. Maybe you could sit down and have her climb on your lap and just hold her. Then there wont be as much strain on yoyr body and baby.

Beth - posted on 10/03/2012

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My doctor told me what I did before I can still do and it won't hurt the baby, just listen to your body. If its uncomfortable then don't. Listen to your own body and it should be fine.

Beth - posted on 10/03/2012

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My doctor told me what I did before I can still do and it won't hurt the baby, just listen to your body. If its uncomfortable then don't. Listen to your own body and it should be fine.

Rachel - posted on 10/03/2012

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I picked my 4 year old up while I was pregnant with my 2nd...never had any troubles. I just wouldn't suggest it all the time. But to lift up into a shopping cart or for some snuggling shouldn't be an issue!

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I carried my daughter through most of my pregnancy, except when I was on bedrest. She turned 2 a month before he was born. I would rest her butt in my tummy during church all the time. I never had any back pain from it unless I carried her for prolonged periods (15 or more). She actually missed her rest spot on my belly after her brother came. She asked me where her seat went. lol



She only weighted 27.5 lbs on her 2nd birthday to give an idea of weight. I also was in the water for her parent child class during most of my pregnancy.

Shauna - posted on 10/02/2012

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Well, ideally don't carry things over 20 pounds, but sometimes you're going to have to if toddler is running away in the store, for example. Try to minimize carrying and, as mentioned by Michelle, bend at your knees. Also consider a maternity back support belt.

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