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Why is it that thwy tell you if your pregnant not to lift anything heavy and not to lift anything up over your head? I was just wondering what this was for.
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replied August 12th, 2006
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I think its cause you can put strain on your stomach muscles and possibly injure yourself
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replied August 12th, 2006
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Oh well I guess that makes sence. Its hard being pregnant I barly know anyone who is expecting at this time. If anyone wants to chat.
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replied August 14th, 2006
That is mostly an old wives tale, but I definitely wouldn't lift anything above my head anyways because it can put strain on your baby. You shouldn't lift over 30 lbs when you're pregnant.
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replied August 14th, 2006
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pixie2007 wrote:
that is mostly an old wives tale, but I definitely wouldn't lift anything above my head anyways because it can put strain on your baby. You shouldn't lift over 30 lbs when you're pregnant.


if it's an old wives tale why would your doctor tell you not to?
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replied August 14th, 2006
Because the old wives tale suggests that the baby could get detached and cut off the breathing/food supply....Its silly, but that's why its called an old wives tale.....The doctor suggests that you shouldn't lift anything above your head for the very reason that I stated in my last response.
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replied August 14th, 2006
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Thats bs....You shouldnt lift anything that's too heavy with reason ...
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replied August 14th, 2006
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Its my understanding that you shouldn't lift anything over your head and nothing heavy because there is a type of hormone that is released when you are pregnant that relaxes your joints (this hormones helps your pelvis bones to expand to accomodate the baby) anyway the hormone doesn't only affect the pelvis bones it affects every joint in your body. And lifting anything over your head causes serious safety risks because you are more prone to drop it or to displace a bone.
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replied August 14th, 2006
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foxy wrote:
its my understanding that you shouldn't lift anything over your head and nothing heavy because there is a type of hormone that is released when you are pregnant that relaxes your joints (this hormones helps your pelvis bones to expand to accomodate the baby) anyway the hormone doesn't only affect the pelvis bones it affects every joint in your body. And lifting anything over your head causes serious safety risks because you are more prone to drop it or to displace a bone.


the hormone is called 'relaxin'.
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replied August 14th, 2006
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It may surprise you to know that the risk of heavy lifting in pregnancy is not injury to the baby but injury to the mother. Pregnancy hormones cause your ligaments to soften, which helps your pelvis widen to make room for childbirth. As a result of having softer ligaments, your joints may be less stable than usual and injury may be more likely.

Heavy lifting also can put stress on your back, leading to intermittent or ongoing back pain. Here are several ways to minimize the chances of hurting yourself while lifting something heavy.

Lift from your legs. Squat down and use your legs to bear much of the weight as you stand up.

Don't lean over. Bending over as you lift puts all the stress of the weight on your back.

Ask someone to help. Back pain in pregnancy is common enough without bringing it on yourself. This is no time to be proud; ask for help whenever possible--particularly if you already have been experiencing back pain.

Let your children climb up onto you. It may be impossible, especially if you have a toddler, to avoid lifting and carrying him periodically. No doubt there will be times when you need to immediately rescue him from an unsafe situation or when he just needs you to hold him. As much as possible, have your children climb up onto your lap for a snuggle instead of picking them up from the floor. Your back will thank you.
How much is too much?
Different physicians have different recommendations for how much you can safely lift. Again, these guidelines have to do with safeguarding you against back injury; the baby is protected in your uterus and won't get hurt if you lift heavy objects. If you are concerned about your back or have to do heavy lifting at your job, discuss weight limits with your practitioner.
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replied August 14th, 2006
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I heard the lifting thing above your head can cause the baby to get its cord around its neck but its not true because I asked my doctor and he said the reason the baby gets it cord around its neck is because if all the flipping and turning it does.
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replied August 14th, 2006
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ingi wrote:
foxy wrote:
its my understanding that you shouldn't lift anything over your head and nothing heavy because there is a type of hormone that is released when you are pregnant that relaxes your joints (this hormones helps your pelvis bones to expand to accomodate the baby) anyway the hormone doesn't only affect the pelvis bones it affects every joint in your body. And lifting anything over your head causes serious safety risks because you are more prone to drop it or to displace a bone.


the hormone is called 'relaxin'.


right! Thanks
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replied June 4th, 2009
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thanks Mabel! v useful Smile
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