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33 weeks pregnant - are there any strenuous chores I should not be doing?

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josben Sat 27-May-06 21:07:36

Since I finished work a couple of weeks ago I've been nesting furiously, trying to get lots of DIY done in the house and garden e.g. painting and chopping bushes / branches down etc., I feel fine but my Mum and DH are getting very annoyed with me, and keep telling me not do so much because "i might have this baby too early" I was 2 weeks late and induced with both DS1 & DS2, so maybe I'm being a bit blase about this pregnany....? Which physical chores do you think are too much to be doing at 33 weeks pregnant?

SoupDragon Sat 27-May-06 21:09:07

Anything you don't want to do and can get away with palming off onto someone else

FWIW, I was up in the loft shifting boxes of books at 39 weeks pregnant earlier this year!!

josben Sat 27-May-06 21:13:07

Yes, that sounds like a good idea! Thing is, I can't seem to help myself at the mo - I have anal lists of all the stuff to do before the babies born and i feel very satisfied as I tick of each job that I've done

morningpaper Sat 27-May-06 21:13:38

I don't think it REALLY matters

I was up a ladder cleaning the guttering at 40 weeks

And scaring the neighbours shitless

Marina Sat 27-May-06 21:15:07

Ha well Soupy did your dh know you were pregnant eh?

I would definitely agree with the dragon - anything yucky you don't want to do should be palmed off on the willing volunteers your mum and your dh...

SoupDragon Sat 27-May-06 21:15:50

There were harsh word in the Dragon household whenever I ventured up the loft ladder I kept insisting I was fine.

I guess lifting really heavy weights and climbing ladders isn't really bright due to your changed centre of gravity and over-taxed joints.

Use your common sense - you'll know if you're doing something wrong.

SoupDragon Sat 27-May-06 21:16:48

No, Marina. He thought I'd eaten too much over Christmas. What a shock he had one morning to find me in a large paddling pool like an overweight hippopotamus

sugarfree Sat 27-May-06 21:17:22

I sanded 3 floors with one of those industrial machines and then gave them three coats of varnish each,at about 36 weeks.
I think it's worse for your health to sit on your arse stressing about jobs you want/need done tbh.

Marina Sat 27-May-06 21:19:03

I bet he was up that ladder and pulling it up after him quicker than wink , gibbering all the while, the poor soul
So it wasn't just us that got fooled

josben Sat 27-May-06 21:19:25

Exactly sugarfree, I'd be stressing about getting stuff done if I didn't do it myself, which would be worse - plus DH has enough on at the mo - I've got him putting in a downstairs loo next week !

kid Sat 27-May-06 21:25:54

I was balancing on the edge of the bath and cleaning the bathroom window at 37 weeks, only because I knew I was having a c-section and knew I wouldn't be able to do it for weeks after the c-section.

I don't think climbing is a good idea, or anything that pulls the muscles in your stomach or back (basically no heavy lifting)

trinityrhino Sat 27-May-06 22:57:54

I would think that anything more than reclining with a blanket and sime choccie shoud be avoided

Twinkie1 Sat 27-May-06 23:05:13

Hoovering is really bad for sciatica (sp?) - I still get it terribly (sciatica not hoovering!!) although and sitting here trying to figure out whether to finish the ironing or actually hoover the hallway!!! - see if I hoover it now I can go at it with the no wet wonder foamy stuff and it will be lovely and dry for the morning!!!

KathrynWales Sun 28-May-06 18:56:42

I am almost 37 wks pregnant and single, with a teenage daughter. Baby's dad is not on the scene so I have no male to call upon to do the yuk jobs. In the last month I have packed up and moved house, decorated new house, mowed lawns, emptied cat litter trays, strimmed bushes,done all housework & cleaning, lugged bags of heavy shopping every week and caused my mum to shout at me loads Have even had the "You're going to lose this baby" line.

The bottom line is that baby and me are fine. In fact, he was measuring a bit small but in the last few weeks (amid all the activity) he has had a growth spurt, is now heavily engaged and doing great, finally!

While climbing ladders and things are to be avoided in case you fall, I don't think women are supposed to just sit down and eat chocolate (unfortunately!) They certainly don't in other cultures and didn't in this country if you look at previous generations.

If you can keep as fit as possible, all the better for afterwards. just be sensible. If it hurts, don't do it. (and save the chocolate as a reward for all your hard work!! )

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