How much weight can I pick up while pregnant?

The thing I like best about this one is that everyone rushes to help you pick up a cotton ball when you’re pregnant but if you need to haul your 25lb screaming toddler out of the room, does anybody step in then? Noooo.

Not unlike exercise, skiing and falling, the risk of heavy lifting in pregnancy is not injury to your baby, but injury to you. Pregnancy hormones cause your ligaments to soften, which helps your pelvis widen to make room for childbirth (if you listen closely I’m sure it makes the same sound as cavernous, steel door opening). As a result, your joints may be less stable than usual and you’re more likely to hurt yourself. Your baby on the other hand, is well padded in there so it’s unlikely you’d do any harm.

That said, if you don’t want to pick crap up, why the heck should you? Simply forget you read any of this and embrace the rubenesque Goddess you are and make the people around you your step-and-fetch peasants. Be sure lift with your legs when picking up that double banquet burger though.

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  • Yes, I think it is worth mentioning. I did a lot of work while pregant and at times had to lift my 2, 3 year olds on and off the potty. I have a slight uterine prolapse which makes me wonder if lifting heavy things should be an "out" for expecting moms…

  • Please add something to this about diastisis recti. No, not everyone gets it's when they lift heavy stuff, but here I am at week 28 with a gap I can fit 3 fingers in. I don't match any of the "you're more likely if's" but I've done it to myself anyway.
    I actually didn't know anything about it until a pilates instructor told me to be on the look out for it happening due to work outs. No harm to the baby, but a FUPA I shall surely have. Herumf
    love the blog!

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