Post # 1
I am a TA at a school and I think I am 4 weeks pregnant (all the symptoms just no positive test yet). They also run a holiday club where Ill be doing a few days. I want to know what people’s thoughts are on heavy lifting in early pregnancy such as children. They’re 3 years and above, obviously not much picking is up going on but sometimes it is needed, especially with the younger ones.
Is there anyone else who is/has been pregnant and worked with young children who require lifting etc.? How did you cope with it, especially in the first few weeks when no one probably knew. I don’t want to be “lazy” on the job but I also don’t want to put a risk to myself/baby if I am indeed definitely pregnant.
Post # 2
If you were a mother of a 3 year old, and you became pregnant, I doubt you would stop picking them up.
I think it’s completely fine.
Post # 3
Not children, but I did a lot of heavy lifting in the first trimester, as we were moving. Perhaps that wasn’t ideal, I did strain my left buttock and the pain has been coming back every now and again since then (I’m thinking it might be false sciatica). However, I didn’t really have a choice at that point and baby looks totally healthy from all the tests (I’m almost 23 weeks now). Hope you’ll stay clear of morning sickness if you’re indeed pregnant, that was the big thing for me – totally put me out of commission until I got on medication for it.
Post # 4
ExcitedScaredBee: you make a good point. I would probably pick them up less but would pick them up whe necessary.
eocenia: I’ve got nausea, when I wake up and also around mid morning as well. I’m finding ginger nut biscuits work wonders. Really hoping I don’t get full blown morning sickness, don’t know how I could cope at work or if I’d be allowed to. Vomiting requires time off due to risk of spreading infection, but I don’t know if it counts with morning sickness.
Post # 5
FromA2B2013: If you do, go and get a prescription for diclectin (that’s the Canadian name for the medication I’m on, it has a different but similar sounding name in the US). I couldn’t have done without it – it put a stop to the constant nausea and the vomiting and I felt like I got my life back (though it did made me very tired, but I take that any day compared to how I felt before).
Post # 6
It’s along the same lines as when I had my DS and I asked my Pediatrician at his 2 day checkup when it would be safe to take him out in public. Her response “if he was your 4th child, he’d already be strapped into a car seat doing soccer carpool.”
Kinda just gave me a gut-check that life doesn’t stop just because you are pregnant/had a baby.
Post # 7
FromA2B2013: You can lift just as much as you are normally used to lifting, as long as you continue to do it in a careful manner.
Even female weightlifters are able to continue lifting weights on their normal regimen… Granted they do decrease the weight a little, they are still usually MUCH heavier than a toddler.