(Closed) I keep worrying that I'll hurt the baby?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Aw. I feel this way a lot and I know it’s overreacting. ๐Ÿ™ I’m sure you’ll be just fine! Kudos to you for being so careful! It makes me feel more normal as I’m super careful as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@tnbellebee:  Oh, dear.  I hurt myself (my back) picking up a very lightweight chair when I was about 8 months pregnant, it caused me a lot of pain. 

It’s pretty important to not lift anything (or anyone) when you’re pregnant because of several factors, and I’m sure you already know them all.

Be careful and I hope you don’t run into this situation again while you’re pregnant.  Get someone to help you if necessary.

The good news is – it’s much less likely that you’ll hurt your baby by lifting any weight than that you’ll hurt yourself.  But you don’t need to get hurt, either.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t think 25 pounds is enough weight that you would strain to lift it.  I’ve been running throughout most of my pregnancy so far and have had no issues at all!  I’d say when in doubt, just check with your doc/ob/midwife to see what a safe limit is when lifting.

ETA- after reading Sunfire’s response, I can see where lifting anything heavy late in pregnancy would be dangerous because your center of gravity is off and it’s harder to employ proper lifting mechanics…

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I wouldn’t worry too much but if you are concerned it couldn’t hurt to ring your doctors office. How far along are you? I know they tell you stay away from heavy lifting later in the pregnancy because your ligaments become loose and your joints become less stable due to the relaxin. They also say that carrying heaving things can cause you to lose your balance and fall which would could cause serious risk to the baby but overall lifting things shouldn’t cause harm to the baby. If you aren’t in any pain or didn’t pull anything i’m sure everything is ok.

I always try to think of 2nd or 3rd time moms who have little kids already, they must have to pick them up or carry them while pregnant right?

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DaneLady:  Yep, and your muscle composition has changed, too, become much more elastic due to the hormonal changes.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@tnbellebee:  There’s no need to be scared.  You aren’t in any pain are you?  It’s highly unlikely you hurt the baby, as I said, you’d be more likely to hurt your back.

However, if you have a genuine concern for your baby right now can you call your doctor to get some reassurance?

Post # 11
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Worker bee

The baby is pretty well protected in your belly. It’s really later in pregnancy that lifting becomes more of a strain and a higher risk. I’d call your doctor if you are worried, but if you don’t feel any pain, you should be fine.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around a 25 pound Pre-K student. DS is 18 months and weighs 34 pounds!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

At 9w, the baby is still low in your bony pelvis so even a car accident (knock on wood) is not as dangerous now because the baby is well protected by bone.  You really did not do yourself or your baby any harm by lifting this child, please try not to worry.  Think of all the moms having second, third etc babies when they have toddlers that need to be lifted and cuddled…happens all the time.

Later on, however, as PPs said you need to be more careful because your centre of gravity will shift and your joints will lose a bit of strength so you’ll be more at risk of injury from improper lifting. 

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