|My three year old has become extremely clingy since I got
pregnant. I think it’s because I don’t pick him
up as much as I used to, because I am tired, have a sore back
and also a bit worried about damaging the baby. Any advice?
You are correct to be careful about carrying a heavy toddler.
Your body is already under severe strain and your bones
and ligaments are loosening to prepare for the birth. However,
remember that you are a healthy strong woman, and that pregnancy
is not an illness. So take care, but don’t spend too
much time worrying. The fact is that you do have a toddler,
and juggling to try and accommodate his needs is going to
carry on being tough. Perhaps you could make up for the
reduced carrying time by spending a bit more time sitting
with him on your lap, playing a game or reading a book,
so that he does not feel pushed away. Also it is worth turning
walking into a game so that he resists less. Singing songs,
or having a race as you go can help him to enjoy himself.
However, there will inevitably be times when he has to
be picked up. Make sure that you bend from the knees and
lift in a slow controlled way.
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