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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 15:47 PM   1
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Heavy Lifting in my Job


Hiya I work as a Till Supervisor at my local store and in my job i have to work in a cash office and need to carry change bags up and down the stairs and also put the change delivery away in the safe.

These bags can be quite heavy on thier own and sometimes we have to carry more then one im just wondering if thats safe or if I should ask someone to help me with that particular part of the job, im not sure if ill be doing the job up until full term becasue its quite stressful anyway but with me only being 5 - 6 weeks and the biggest worrier in the world i thought id best check with you guys if I should be doing that or if its ok to do it as long as i take my time? xx



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 15:56 PM   2
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I would ask someone to help you. I was told not to lift too many heavy things, especially early on in my pregnancy.



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 16:07 PM   3
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I'd get help personally.. Ever since we found out, my mother in law won't let me pick anything remotely heavy up.. couldn't even move my own bed and I'm now 11/12 weeks



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 16:56 PM   4
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Once you tell your employer that you're pregnant, they must, by law, do a risk assessment on your job. This might have happened before and they can just go over it with you about what you shouldnt be doing etc. I'm getting mine done next week as I am the first person in my particular job who has been pregnant at our school. No lifting is a common one. They are also obliged to give you somewhere to rest!!! I thought about asking for a sofa bed in my office......



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 17:09 PM   5
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Insist on that risk assessment, but don't wrap yourself in cotton wool. ( I mean that in the nicest way)



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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 17:55 PM   6
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I don't think carrying a change bag is going to hurt you or the baby. As you get further along, it'll be more of a challenge because of your belly and your lack of balance. When I worked at Sears during my first pregnancy, I had to do get the deposit bags ready and carry them up to the safe. It only got challenging with the bigger my belly got. But overall, I'm sure you're fine. There are tons of mothers out there, myself included, who have to carry small children while pregnant. And we all know children can be unpredictable when carried, they can wiggle or move uncontrollable. When I was pregnant with my second child, I had to carry around my oldest and that really sucked. But the amazing thing about our bodies is they learn how to cope with our life changes and adapt to them.



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 18:16 PM   7
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I don't think carrying a change bag is going to hurt you or the baby. As you get further along, it'll be more of a challenge because of your belly and your lack of balance. When I worked at Sears during my first pregnancy, I had to do get the deposit bags ready and carry them up to the safe. It only got challenging with the bigger my belly got. But overall, I'm sure you're fine. There are tons of mothers out there, myself included, who have to carry small children while pregnant. And we all know children can be unpredictable when carried, they can wiggle or move uncontrollable. When I was pregnant with my second child, I had to carry around my oldest and that really sucked. But the amazing thing about our bodies is they learn how to cope with our life changes and adapt to them.

*no offense giggles!!*

I think that you should definately not strain yourself. Everyone I talk to tells me that i shouldn't lift heavy things in ESPECIALLY my first trimester, I've read about it too...It could be stressful to the baby. I think just to be safe you should always ask someone to help you. I've heard that it can even result in miscarrying. I dont want to scare you or anything, but i do go on a different forum sometimes for information like this and a woman that was talking about it said that she's known people who have had miscarriages from straining themselves during their 1st trimester by lifting things...



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 19:59 PM   8
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None taken. But I think people get confused on what is considered heavy lifting. And, no one takes into consideration that heavy lifting is different for everyone. For instance you have to take into that person's self strength. Whereas how some people can lift 10lbs with no problems and some people struggle with just lifting 5lbs. Also, every book I've read have all said that heavy lifting is not a cause of miscarriage. I had a miscarriage in Dec and asked my doctor about it because I was regularly lifting 35lbs every day during my gym workout and she said that was not a factor. So...like I said, it all depends on the person.



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 05:31 AM   9
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Have the risk assesment done. The dangers of heavy lifting in pregnancy, are more to yourself, than the baby. Everything softens up in pregnancy, ligaments and joints are more prone to overstretching and injury. Those change bags are heavy though, so just be careful to hold them close to your body ( as said before, this becomes more difficult as your bump gets bigger, and your balance is all off ). I'd be inclined to get someone else to carry really heavy things, but don't go all out and worry about everything



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 13:06 PM   10
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great thanks guys, my boss seems like the understanding type so im sure he'll be fine. I told em at work i had a bad back else i would have got roped into pulling a really heavy trolly with a dodgy wheel full of compost up the indoor ramp and i was def not doing that!! hehe Im going to see my boss officially once ive had the all clear from the docs on weds xx



 
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