Post # 16
I did it. Wasn’t an issue at all. I was completely mobile although I did have an episiotomy. In all honesty I didn’t feel very comfortable taking my baby out in the beginning anyway. And once you are up and about a few flights of stairs may be a good thing–keep you fit.
Post # 17
I can’t believe so many people voted “no”, of course there will be added difficulties but who on earth would chose to not have a baby just because you have to walk up some stairs?! People live in apartments with babies all the time, all over the world!
This really isn’t the huge issue many people are making it out to be.
Post # 18
A few things to consider – and this may not be the popular opinion – but how will you cart a newborn and a stroller down three flights of stairs? Answer – you will hate life – lol. You can’t leave the newborn and you will likely have trouble doing both. I lived in a condo when my son was born – 2.5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. We rented it out and bought a house when he was born as it was just way too much stuff. And personally, I liked to get out as much as possible. It helped with post-baby cabin fever. If I had to lug everything up and down stairs, it just wouldn’t have been as feasable.
Post # 19
Oh, and i’m not saying ‘dont have a baby’, but if you don’t own the place, me personally, I would be looking to move prior to baby coming.
Think of it this way. If you had a C-section, you cannot lift anything heavier than the baby for 8 or so weeks. Thats like 2 months! If your partner goes back to work, who is going to lug anything you need for a day of walking around – answer? no one. You’re at home. That would suck. As a C-section mamma, I was out (taking it easy) but out, and it helped me so much. It combatted any symptoms of feeling down (i never had PPD) and it also helped me walk and stay mobile which I believe aided in a quicker recovery.
Post # 20
I think your experience is important. You’re a champion by the way. But that being said, its freekin hard. It sounds like something I would not sign myself up for. Of course people manage and do it, but it wouldn’t be the choice – I think that is your conclusion 😉
Post # 21
When I had my 1st we lived in an upper level apartment and had 3 sets of stairs to walk up to get to it. We were just fine. As long as you are of normal shape it’s not hard to get used to. As for lugging a stroller up and down if you want to go for a walk, we kept the stroller in the trunk of the car in the parking lot so we’d just walk down carrying the baby and put it in the stroller in the parking lot then put the stroller back into the car and carry the baby by itself back up when done. I wouldn’t let it hold you back from having a baby.
Post # 22
I voted go for it, but I will say that last month or so is going to suck. I had to climb a couple flights of stairs to work every day when I was pregnant, and by the time I’d get to the top of the stairs it felt like my feet were stuck in cement. Stairs were sooo hard! BUT, I also do not work out and wasn’t in the greatest cardio shape beforehand, so….