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What stupid things have you tried to do whilst pregnant?

(62 Posts)
ellesabe Sat 22-Sep-12 21:06:35

I'm 32 weeks pg and I just tried to help dh adjust the wardrobes in our bedroom, involving lots of stretching, leaning, supporting heavy cupboards and bending down to pick up dropped screws.

Needless to say it reduced me to tears.

In my defence, dh told me beforehand that it would be 'not too heavy' angry

WantAnOrange Sat 22-Sep-12 21:20:11

Moved house. Daft beyond belief!

TheBonkeyMollocks Sat 22-Sep-12 21:21:54

Climb over a stile .

Forgot I was front heavy.

Ended up in a muddy gateway.


BikeRunSki Brazil Sat 22-Sep-12 21:25:31

Got to work to find remote control for tv in my bag, no mobile phone. Got home and found mobile in cradle for landline, and landline handset in fridge!!!!

beancurd Sat 22-Sep-12 21:27:46

Am 39 weeks, just got off ladders for a tea break...am in middle of painting a large, high ceiling. Wish I hadn't started...

UnChartered Sat 22-Sep-12 21:27:50

climbed a very steep cliff path, great on the way up, not so great on the way back down blush

RumBaaBaa Sat 22-Sep-12 21:31:08

I carried an enormous printer home from Argos (walking) when 39 weeks pregnant, pushing my 2 year old in the buggy. I seriously regretted it when I got home and should have listened to the lovely Jamaican man in Argos who said 'you women, you crazy when you with child' grin

InTheNightGarden Sat 22-Sep-12 21:32:59

our friends are arranging a trip to alton towers.... I jumped up YAY YAY YAY (have never been) to then be shot down by dp laughing at me and reminding me im nearly 20weeks pregnant and Alton towers would be a no no sad
I forget I'm pregnant a lot!!!

OrangeHorraceTheGoldenOtter Sat 22-Sep-12 21:38:52

Got stuck halfway up when I decided to carry the chest of drawers bloody DP said he would carry up to the room that would be baby DS's when I was 38 weeks.

Got my foot stuck in it when trying to work out how you flicked the base to the pram open blush, I was only shown 2 hours earlier; still, better I did it then rather than when I was trying to look after LO too as it was bloody painful!

abigboydidit Sat 22-Sep-12 21:57:54

This will sound crazy because it was but when overdue with DS I had been wearing sandals all day in the May heat and my feet felt all hot and smelly. I decided it was too much effort to take a shower so I would wash my feet in the sink.. I nearly slipped putting 2nd foot in for dunk while precariously balanced on a still damp 1st foot on a shiny tiled floor. So, so stupid blush

DeathMetalMum Sat 22-Sep-12 22:04:30

I always wash my feet that way. Though I have no idea how you managed to get your foot that high up when you were overdue. ( Im tiny btw)

I am always doing silly things, last one I remember when I was baking last week I tried to put the flour back into the fridge.

monkeynumberthree Sat 22-Sep-12 22:29:53

ellesabe, I'm 31wks and feeling exactly the same - I helped DH put up a shed today, lots of holding panels in place (he lifted them into position), bracing them, helping drill, endlessly trotting up and down the garden to fetch hammers/fresh drill battery etc, lots of bending over to pick up dropped screws, and trying to keep our 2 DD's entertained at the same time.

I'm so achey and sore now, it's so stupid of me. And we're not even finished with the shed angry because we still need to felt the roof and glaze the windows tomorrow. I'm planning to sit and boss him about direct/read the instructions to him instead of getting involved!

My problem is that I only realise that I've completely overdone things once I stop and the aches set in confused I forget that what would be a pretty physically untaxing job whilst not pg suddenly becomes exhausting when pg. Stoopid!

Wolfcub Sat 22-Sep-12 22:33:32

At seven months, while off sick alone in the house and two weeks before ds arrived i left my house unlocked and chased two yobs who had tried to burgle a neighbours house down the street late at night. There was noone else around.

monkeynumberthree Sat 22-Sep-12 22:34:19

Lol grin @ BikeRunSki - brilliant!

Stood on a chair to get something off the top of the cupboards in the kitchen, chair collapsed, I ended up on the floor. I was fine but it could have been much worse.

CointreauVersial Sat 22-Sep-12 22:41:25

I always get the urge to redecorate when pg, and for some reason I always chose the most ghastly colour schemes. Then I end up having to redo everything a few months later.

Regarding nasty falls, my mum managed to fall off a train when 8mo pg. It was at a station with a short platform, and she opened the train door and stepped off....into thin air. She was OK, amazingly, and had DB at full term. Though we did always wonder whether DB being dropped on his head before birth explained a lot. grin

18wksplus Mon 24-Sep-12 12:38:42

Moved house at 38wks pg with #1.

Moved continents whilst pg with #2.

Dread to think where we'll end up if we have a third.

ICompletelyKnowAboutGuineaPigs Mon 24-Sep-12 12:53:25

Went indoor bouldering (climbing with no ropes). It was fine at first but one day I was at the top and a hold spun and I fell off. I was getting tightenings so went to the hospital where I was roundly chastised by everyone there. Needless to say I stopped that hobby after that.

I did, however, take it upon myself to rip up the hall and stairs carpet (which the previous owners had nailed down), redecorate and reorganise an attic room and fit new kitchen doors on the old cupboards.

DH thinks I took nesting too far, but I really wanted to sell the house before DD arrived!

GuybrushThreepwodWasHere Mon 24-Sep-12 12:59:50

Rolling over in bed is a bit much atm...

Not as hardcore as everyone else but I think I drew a short straw with the back and groin pain!

DanyTargaryen Mon 24-Sep-12 13:02:54

tried to move a wardrobe and dismantle it...came unstuck as I was 7 months pregnant and got it stuck in the door way as forgot I was not so skinny at that moment!!

Moving home a week overdue (and day before I actually gave birth) was a mistake, looking back I actually realised I was in slow labour..

LadyMaryCrawley Mon 24-Sep-12 13:28:03

Excellent thread, you have all just helped me to supress the urge to rearrange the sitting room I've been having all morning!

oscarwilde Mon 24-Sep-12 13:53:43

Moved a large cupboard from living room to kitchen by pushing it along a recently decarpeted floor, so along rather sh*tty old floorboards. Buggering thing got stuck and it was too wide to get past it and too heavy to drag it back. Couldn't leave it there or would have had to skip dinner and go to bed as DH out for the night. Took a bl**dy age to shift it mm by mm. sad ThingsIwishIhadn'tstarted.com

Not strictly my fault but I took Giant Dog for a walk somewhere quite remote. He was on the extending line because there were livestock around and managed to hurdle through an electric fence. He got a bit shocked so there was no way he was getting out the way he got in, no way I could fit through or over the fence, no way I could lift him back over the top... And I kept thinking I was going to get shocked through the lead. There was NO ONE around and I had visions of being found days later in the same position! Fortunately I found the edge of the fence and managed to squeeze drag the dog through, but I did think we might get eaten by sheep.

cjbk1 Mon 24-Sep-12 14:14:58

ok so did you see 'a mothers son' on tv v.recently? the rickety bridge in marshland with beach huts in the distance where he confesses to his mum? well we were crab fishing there in the summer (it's near southwold) dd's sunhat blew off and started floating away I was so annoyed coz we always lose expensive things and dh didn't make a move so I laid on my front as much as i could and threw the fishing line at it to catch it, I must have looked a sight pmsl dd2 was born fine 2wks ago

cjbk1 Mon 24-Sep-12 14:15:33

I did catch it btw

plantsitter Mon 24-Sep-12 15:43:32

I tried to have a go on a tyre swing (one of those ones where there are 5 in a circle and all the teenagers try to knock each other off) when 8 months pregnant. I got on it, tried to set myself swinging and realised that a) I didn't seem to have the necessary muscles available to get going and b) I was stuck. DD1 (who was 2 at the time) and DH were both hysterical - DD1 with fear and DH, obviously, pissing himself.

mum47 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:45:02

Sold house, moved to new house in different town, started new job - twice!

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Mon 24-Sep-12 15:46:44

Riding a bike with a bump. Doesn't sound too hard but my balance was completely off.

Onemoreforgoodmeasure Mon 24-Sep-12 17:44:53

Keep it to myself. The stupid thing I have tried to do so far is keep the pregnancy to myself. Someone rang just now who I hardly know and he asked me how I was and I told him...

typicalvirgo Mon 24-Sep-12 17:48:00

Got stuck in a log flume and had to go round twice before I could get out grin

Luckily it was at Gullivers world one quiet Tuesday in the winter so not a Disneyland or Alton Towers where I can imaging the next passangers would not be amused grin

javotte Sat 06-Oct-12 16:48:54

When I was 40wks pregnant with DS I helped DH carry our new sofa to our 2nd floor flat.
For DD1 we were moving to our house so I carried LOTS of boxes up and down stairs.
I am 39wks now and I am about to help DH carry our old dishwasher downstairs...

HoneyMum21 Sat 06-Oct-12 16:59:16

An currently 31 weeks pregnant and so far have moved house, decorated 2 rooms and moved far too much furniture around. Today (while nursing a rib I broke earlier in the week from coughing so much from a chest infection) I have been assembling the baby's dresser/changing table. Just the cot bed to do now.

JaffaSnaffle Sat 06-Oct-12 17:07:00

Went on a see-saw with DD. The pain lasted for days.

Also in middle of housemove trauma. Move date is 2 weeks before due date.

SoozleQ Sat 06-Oct-12 18:00:05

Have an extension built and a new kitchen fitted - most stressful thing I've ever done. DP is fitting the kitchen himself so at 38 weeks I'm there lugging bits of kitchen around and holding things up while he screws them to other stuff.

Last time I recall refurbing the bedroom so being up ladders to hang the wallpaper and climbing inside wardrobes to help DP hang the doors at 38 weeks. Do we never learn?

I moved a huge glass desk and office filing cabinet, with bookcase from one bedroom (it was meant to become the nursery) through another bedroom, across the top of some stairs into the front bedroom. At 8 months

At 7.5 months I ran for a bus. Took a month of physio to sort that out. I also couldn't walk and so DH had to come and collect me from the bus stop where I got off. Bus driver said it was one of the funniest things he'd ever seen. Git.

CelineMcBean Sat 06-Oct-12 19:23:12

Cleaned out the u-bend under the sink and then couldn't remember how to put it back together again due to extreme preggo brain blush

Msladyblue Sat 06-Oct-12 20:25:57

Stamding in a chair trying to get canned vegetables off top shelf.

AlisonDB Sat 06-Oct-12 22:45:57

Haha i have a list!!!
1st i live in Holland riding a bike here is not for leasure, its an accepted mode of transport....
With preg1 i was riding my bike till 3 hours begore my labour began! With this preg i ride with my 5 year old son in a seat on the back of the bike, although this time i will probably (if the weather is icy) stop riding much sooner,
Also with Preg 1 we where renovating our house, i was up ladders rewiring the lights and with DH fitting a new ceiling, building walls and using whizzy power tools up to 1 day before i went into labour!

aimingtobeaperfectionist Sat 06-Oct-12 23:08:17

We decided to go out for the day on the morning i went into labour. Went to the coast which was a 6 hour round trip and I hadn't taken my hospital bag or notesblush. I finally admitted I was in labour at the end of the day after doing a big shop, cleaning out the oven and having friends over for tea. My waters hadn't broken so I refused to believe it was real!

Ozziegirly Sun 07-Oct-12 12:06:18

I painted the living room.

I climbed the highest "mountain"* in Australia at 28 weeks.

Moved house.

*Really a hill in other countries

seabuckthorn Sun 07-Oct-12 12:13:18

Moved house and started new job whilst pregnant all in the same week with a toddler in tow.

Astralabe Sun 07-Oct-12 19:32:21

Hi ellesabe! Remember me? Been a while - congrats on your pregnancy... I'm 17 weeks and did the school cross country on Friday. Got double points for 2 people... But was not a good idea really!

ellesabe Sun 07-Oct-12 20:47:35


What a blast from the past grin

pmgkt Sun 07-Oct-12 20:59:50

mowing the lawn at 11 days overdue in the hope of getting labour started, it didnt work. not too silly really, the silly thing is that it seems to have become my job and 2 years later im still the one who mows the lawn.

NulliusInBlurba Sun 07-Oct-12 21:25:09

I moved in both pregnancies, the second time at 36 weeks. Things were really chaotic so I felt the need to drill all the handles on the kitchen cabinets, and then put the IKEA shelves together and nearly concussed myself when one shelf fell on my head.

And let's not talk about falling off my bike at 5 months by skidding across the road with DD1 on the bike seat. She was wearing a helmet and was fine but bruised; I had a check-up straight away and was also fine, but I didn't get on the bike for the rest of that pregnancy - I seemed to lose my balance altogether that time and slipped over several times just walking along the street.

eagleray Sun 07-Oct-12 21:33:56

I went hunting for crocodiles in a sea kayak (although doesn't really count as it was early days and not aware I was pregnant)

More recently (25 weeks) I unloaded 2 Ikea rugs from the car, each weighing 23kg - had a feeling it wasn't particularly clever to do on my own, but couldn't stand the thought of them being in the car another moment as all the seats were folded down.

Astralabe Mon 08-Oct-12 20:37:09

He he well I am a blast!
Love reading about everyone carrying on as there isn't a large round obstacle strapped to their front..

ellesabe Mon 08-Oct-12 21:04:27

I had one of those awkward car park moments yesterday - parked next to a wall and then couldn't fit through the open door blush

The result? The hilarious sight of an 8-month pregnant woman somehow managing to clamber over to the passenger side!

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Mon 08-Oct-12 21:09:00

Tried to demonstrate a cartwheel to DS at 7 months pg. Painful and embarrassing.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Mon 08-Oct-12 21:11:58

Ah, you reminded me. At nearly 8 months pg I parked in the last remaining space in the hospital carpark. The spaces are so tight that I had to climb out over the top of the door. Luckily the car next to me had moved by the time I got back coz I have no idea how I'd have climbed back in otherwise!

Wiggy29 Mon 08-Oct-12 21:25:36

Bing much more sensible this time as I realise how precious they are but with ds (first) I was a bit nuts. Had moved into home that was a wreck (didn't realise I was expecting). Probably the daftest thing I did was blush ripping out the old kitchen with a crow bar. Dp got home& wanted to know how the he'll the kitchen was in the backyard!

Moved the entire contets of our four bedroom rental house into the spare room! Including the sofa, wardrobes and a large sideboard! ON MY OWN! God only knows how I managed it! I was big as a house! shock

LivingThings Mon 08-Oct-12 22:28:36

Running til 37 weeks pregnant.

Fell off my bike at about 34 weeks.

Went hiking on Dartmoor (big stiles) in the middle of winter at 38 weeks.

Used to pick up coal insacks and load into car on my own refusing the very helpful salesmans offer of assistance every time (until the end).

Just got worse with DC2 ...

rogersmellyonthetelly Tue 09-Oct-12 11:35:29

I painted the bathroom the day before ds was due. I decided I didn't like the colour so I went and bought paint and got on with it. 2 weeks later I decided I didn't really like that colour either but 2 kids and 8 years later it's still the same as I haven't had time or energy to do it since.

Moved house at 32 weeks
Attempted to work until 39 + 3.. I went into labour last night- I'm 36+6!!
Serves me right for trying to prove a point hmm

Should I also add in that I had the pains on Monday night, and still went to work yesterday?!

ellesabe Wed 17-Oct-12 19:09:06

You nutter!!! grin

LauraPalmerPlusOne Wed 17-Oct-12 19:47:27

Last week while on a job I stood on a roll-y spin-y desk chair to adjust a drapery tension rod...of course the chair spun. Then rolled. And I had to catch myself by hanging onto the door. blush

LauraPalmerPlusOne Wed 17-Oct-12 19:48:52

(The site manager rightly told me off!)

Lol Laura I have also caught myself trying to stand on those chairs to reach things off the top shelves in the office.. damn shortarse

TheObfuscatoryOven Wed 17-Oct-12 20:45:57

Have you had a baby yet...?

I have neglected to ask DS (nearly two) to read the hand out from my midwife which tells me not to lift anything too heavy hmm. It's even illustrated with a helpful picture of a woman carrying a toddler.

ellesabe Wed 17-Oct-12 22:05:00

I assume the toddler in this photo is compliant! I must have looked a right state carrying my screamer out of the doctors surgery under one arm today at 36 weeks hmm

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