Lifting 35lb Children

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Mari - May 7

I am 15 weeks pregnant, and work 8-9 hour days as a day care teacher (Age 1 1/2 to 2).... I am constantly lifiting the kids (to and from the changing table, when crying, ect. ). It's Saturday and I notice that my tummy muscles are so sore (they feel like cramps). Should I stop lifitng or is this part of the millions of "pregnancy 1/2 truths"?

 

April - May 7

My doctor told me that the lift limit is a "half truth"... you can lift what you are used to lifting... and it won't hurt anything (as long as you're not a high risk pregnancy) So if you're used to lifting kids all day, then it shouldn't hurt anything... you just have to use common sense for the most part... and if you feel like you're lifting more than you can handle, stop lifting it and then maybe talk to your doctor.

 

Jbear - May 8

My doctor told me at my first prenatal visit not to lift more than 25 lbs, but I have a suspected hernia from a previous c-section, and a big part of my job was hauling beer kegs around. The doc gave me a note so that my employer would not expect me to lift anything over 25 lbs. I'm still lifting my daughter, who's 3 and weighs 37 lbs, and I haven't had any trouble from that, but she's just one kid, and I'm not lifting her over and over all day long. You should ask your doctor what's safe for you. Probably the soreness you're feeling is round ligament pain.

 

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