(Closed) Heavy lifting in early pregnancy

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I told my job extremely early as they kept asking me to move heavy office furniture (bookcases, desks, tables), unpack and build furniture, etc. They were totally cool with me taking a pass on that sort of stuff.

I figured I’d rather be safe than sorry even if it is over kill. Are the bags you carry typically very heavy?

Post # 3
597 posts
Busy bee

When I got pregnant the second time, I had a 20lb one year old that I still needed to cart around everywhere. A lot of moms have to deal with that eventually, and everyone is fine! The general rule is you can keep doing anything you usually do in your first trimester. And listen to your body. If hauling the groceries makes you feel faint or uncomfortable, then stop it. But if you feel fine then forge ahead!

Post # 4
9830 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If it’s something you’re used to doing on a regular basis it should be fine.

People continue to like weight lift and such while pregnant.

Post # 5
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m pregnant with my second and my daughter, bless her little 14 month old self, is already 26 pounds and I have to cart her around. I don’t do much more than that but if lifting is something that was part of your regular routine prior, it shouldn’t be an issue. You can always confirm this with your doctor when you see them. 

Post # 7
508 posts
Busy bee


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thebluecat :  

All of those things are perfectly fine. It is important to remember, you are pregnant, not disabled. 

The biggest concern about heavy lifting is when you get further along and could strain your back. As you get further along, your muscles in your back become more tight or sometimes loosen up, which can cause a higher likeliness of straining or injury. 

Lifting groceries or pushing things will cause no harm to your baby…especially in the first trimester. I am 35 weeks and still lift occasioanlly heavy things (dog food bag, water jug), but I try to be careful so I don’t hurt my back.

I will be honest, some women treat themselves like they are overly fragile while pregnant. You should be safe and cautious, but not overly do it. Remember, you have 9+ months to grow this child, and people have been doing this for centuries while carrying on with their normal lives. 


Post # 8
778 posts
Busy bee

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BrightGreen :  this. My toddler weighs a ton. I also lifted weights whilst pregnant with no harm.

Don’t over think it. Women in far tougher situations cope just fine.

Post # 9
594 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Lifting groceries while pregnant will be fine. If anything it will be good practice for lugging around the baby once it is born.

Post # 10
7358 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think everyone has a different comfort level on this kind of thing. My first two pregnancies ended as early losses, and so that made me super gun-shy the first few weeks with this current pregnancy. Even though logically I knew it was fine to continue with what I was doing (I work out with a trainer 2-3 days a week doing weights and some cardio) I just mentally felt better scaling back. That’s totally OK. We reduced the amount of weight I lifted. Once I had an appointment with my midwife and saw things were on track, she assured me I could keep doing whatever I felt comfortable with – so from that point on I have.

I think you’ll be fine with lifting…provided you are comfortable with it. If not, you can either tell them about your pregnancy, or tell them you’re seeing a doctor for some back issues and need to lay off the lifting for a bit. DH and I just sold our house and moved 2500sqft of furniture out. While I avoided SUPER heavy stuff like mattresses and items that were awkward to hold I did help move a lot of stuff and so far has been fine.

Post # 11
47444 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Most doctors say you can continue to do anything you are used to doing. Having said that here is some concern that lifting too heavy things can be linked to premature births. This is something to talk with your doctor at your first visit.
If you are concerned about the lifting in the interim, can you not use a grocery cart?They aren’t just for little old ladies.


Post # 12
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I carried 40 pound bags of salt for work when I was pregnant with no problems. I was careful to lift them ergonomically so as not to strain my back. Like others have said, you’re pregnant, not disabled.

Post # 13
9062 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

If your doctor hasn’t put a restriction on you and you feel good then go about your normal life. I did IVF and my ovaries were very swollen so I couldn’t lift more than 10 pounds for my first trimester while they healed, but come 2nd I went back to lifting things again.

Post # 14
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My 2 y.o. daughter is 30lbs and requests to be carried all.the.time. sometimes I’m carrying other things too- laptop bag, diaper bag, etc. 

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