Moderate lifting durning pregnancy

I am currently about 34 weeks and I already have a 15 month old little boy. My problem is everyone is always telling me "don't lift that, don't do that, that is to heavy". Well, my little boy weighs 26lbs and nothing that I pick up weighs more than he does.

Should I be concerned? Could lifting him all day every day become a problem now that I am at the end of my pregnancy?

Please answer so I will have some piece of mind


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

The body's connective tissue, ligaments and tendons, soften a bit during pregnancy under the effect of progesterone and this puts you at greater risk of injury. There really is no problem with lifting during pregnancy as long as you use good body mechanics. Always lift with a neutral spine - that means never with a curved back. If you are at risk for placental separation, placenta previa or preterm labor, you should not lift at all, but if all is well, and you use common sense, you should be able to lift whatever you feel you can handle. Letting your son climb onto your lap avoids some.

The real problem comes from repetitive labor involving lifting. They have been able to relate preterm labor with very hard physical labor during pregnancy.

I hope this helps, but as I always say, never argue with a grandmother.

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