Can I Carry My Toddler While I’m Pregnant?

Will carrying my toddler around hurt my baby?
ByLara Simondi
Nurse-Midwife
Updated
Feb 2017

Yes, for most women, carrying a toddler while pregnant with  baby number two is totally fine. But there’s a trick to it that you should know: When you do pick him up, lift with your legs so you don’t strain your back in the process. You’ll probably be most comfortable holding him on your hip, below your bump.

And while there’s no weight limit, just remember that it is possible to overdo it. Any pain or spotting is a sign you’ve overexerted yourself. It doesn’t necessarily mean something bad will happen but it does mean you need to tone it down in the future.

If course, there are some women who should avoid carrying their toddlers because they have a condition like a  short cervix or a history of preterm labor. If you’re one of them, your doctor or midwife has probably already told you about your restrictions. If you’re unsure, definitely ask.

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