T.A. asks from Green Bay, WI on December 09, 2009
Baby Backpacks During Pregnancy
I am a SAHM of a 20 month old girl and we are expecting our second baby in June. I have always carried my daughter in a baby backpack for walks, but she now weighs 30 lbs. and although I can easily carry her, I wonder if I should. Have any other moms used baby backpacks while pregnant?
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H.S. answers from Boston on December 10, 2009
I assume it is a real backpack and I think this would be the preferred method of carrying your toddler.
But make sure you listen to your body. I think that at some point it will be uncomfortable, might stress your back more than you want or so. My body was definitely more "loose" with the second pregnancy, and I had issues with sciatica, varicous veins and cramps.
Good luck, and enjoy getting outside!
E.O. answers from Boston on December 10, 2009
I am a very active person...lots of hiking, jogging, skiing etc. While I was pregnant with my daughter I asked my dr what was safe to contine with...she told me to keep on doing what I do for activity and just listen to my body.
While I was 4 1/2 months pregnant I hiked up Mt. Washington in April to camp for 3 days, so needless to say I had a lot of gear to carry. Mt pack weighed close to 50 pounds...it's a hiking pack, so it has the waist & chest straps to keep it secure. Before i left for my trip I put on my pack to see how it would fit, and called my dr to let her know how much weight I'd be carrying if I went. My concern was with the waist strap...I was nervous it would be to much pressure on my pregger belly. My dr told me that the baby was so well protected that she'd be fine...just take the hike at an easy pace to keep from over heating etc.
Long story short - if you've always carried your daughter then your body is use to it...just take it slow and listen to your body.
R.K. answers from Boston on December 10, 2009
check w/ your doctor. I know on the instructions for an ergo they show you how to position it so you can use it while pregnant.
M.L. answers from Hartford on December 11, 2009
30 lbs seems like a lot to carry along with another baby. Of course you need to pick her up occasionally but now is the time to get her used to not being up all the time. the new baby is coming and you cannot do it all! Get her used to walking and to pick her up sit down with her to help out. Put her is a stroller. I actually have this cool car that mine used to love with a steering wheel. it is by step 2 I think. They ahve red and pink. Try that, I think it is $40. I am not sure how far along you are but you should take it easy with carrying a toddler. My midwife yelled at me for carrying my daughter whil pregnant and she was petite! She is barely 30 lbs now and she is 3.
Good luck to you!
M. -SAHM and WAHM and love it!
K.H. answers from Boston on December 09, 2009
I didn’t use the backpack when I was pregnant with my second, but I did carry my older daughter frequently. My Dr. said that you shouldn't strain yourself while pregnant, but she said I could still carry my daughter if I could do so comfortably. She suggested I limit the amount of time I carried the extra weight. So my gut tells me you can probably still use the backpack, but might not want to carry it for long distances and stop if you get too tired or it causes you any pain. You might want to run it by your Obgyn though, if you have any concerns. Congrats on the pregnancy!
C.B. answers from Boston on December 09, 2009
If you do it so you can take hikes and such, get a good double jogging stroller that can handle rough terrain. Even if you can still carry her now, there will soon come a time when you are just too tired. I used my double jogger for years, even when the older one was not with us the younger would still sit and I could put groceries or a lunch cooler in the 2nd seat. When our 2nd was born, we padded her seat and laid it down, so she came with us from day 1 (well, maybe day 30 :)
Go to a good store and ask for their advice based on your needs. I had selected a specific stroller and folks at Tiny Totland in Manchester asked all the right questions (terrain, usage, folding ability, weights, etc.) and actually advised a different one than I selected and they were right.