Post # 1
Hi Bees <3
I just found out I am pregnant. Its been like 6 weeks since my last period. I have a GP appointment scheduled in 2 weeks and a midwife app in 3.
I obviously should speak to them – which I will – but it is still so long to go.
My problem is that sometimes I need to do some lifting at my work and I wonder if so early in pregnancy it is appropriate for me to say I can’t do it.
Some more information:
By lifting I mean mostly: carrying shopping. Like bags of food shops. Sometimes it is like 20 minute walk of carrying big weekly food shop. Soemtimes it is just carrying shopping from shop to taxi and from taxi to the kitchen. But it can get really heavy like: 16 cans of soup plus frozen stuff, large bottle of coke, milk, eggs ect.
I also have to sometimes push a rather heavy person in a wheelchair.
Do you think it is too much or I should be fine doing those things?
I should add that me refusing to those things wouldn’t really affect my work greatly. Those are just one of my many many responsibilities and there will always be someone else who could do it. But thats the issue. If I don’t do it then someone else will do it and no one likes those jobs. Its always the junior staff (which is me) thats gets stuck with those things and senior staff never wants to do it. So if I don;t do them they may look badly at me. Therefore I wonder how reasonable it is. This is obviously my very first pregnancy and I am not sure what’s resonable. I am super anxious but then I don’t want to behave like a little princess that wont do heavy things coz I am just few weeks pregnant. It might not even last.
I should also add, as I know it might be a concern of some of you, that I do not care about my employer finding out about my pregnancy early on. I have a very secure job so I don’t have to worry about it too much ( I know sometimes employers can give you a raw deal when they find out you are pregnant).
Thank you for help!
I am so excited but so [email protected]
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
Thank you for your help! I really appreciate it! I guess I also wonder what I could classify as doing on regular basis? I do those things once a week max or like once every two weeks so its not like I do it very regularly. And it can get very heavy and I did have a sore back at few times. But I guess I feel calmer now. I will just see how it goes as so far I am feeling quite well and I dont have practically any symptoms.
I am just walking anxiety. 😀
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.