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#1 Mimmibecca

Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:34 AM

I am 3 months pragnant and had a run in with the lady at the post office today. I live in a small country town and went to pick up a parcel. The lady at the post office almost refused to let me take the parcel (it was a box full of summer clothes for 2 children) because she said I would "kill my baby if I took it and carried it home". I live 2 streets away, and had to pick it up today as I wouldn't be able to any other day for 2 weeks (My DH has the car). I took the parcel anyway, it was heavy, but not too heavy I struggled to carry it. I only ended up carrying it about 50m when a neighbour was driving by and offered to drop it off at my house for me.

The post office lady said a few other things along the same line, and I just feel really stressed that I may have caused a miscarriage. DH is furious at the post office lady and assures me I would know sraight away if I had caused a miscarriage at this stage. We have had our NT scan and baby is growing perfectly, but I am just SO scared!

Does anyone know if I really could have killed my baby by carrying the heavy parcel?



#2 lafonda

Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:38 AM

I was told no. Carrying something heavy will not cause a miscarriage. Something wrong on the inside causes miscarriage

#3 bonnybabe

Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:49 AM

you will be fine.  They tell you not to lift very heavy things because your ligaments are soft so its easier to hurt yourself or strain your back etc.  Lifting things doesn't twinge your insides and dislodge the baby  biggrin.gif

That post office lady needs a good talking to, fancy telling someone they will kill their baby!!!

#4 Mimmibecca

Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:53 AM

She said that and more and in front of my 2 other young children too.

DH wants to make a big deal about it and complain, but in a small town it can be very difficult if you get a key town person like the post office lady off-side!

Thanks for your answers. I am anxious already about this pregnancy (no real reason, it has just all seemed too easy), and with pregnancy hormones, she has really stressed me out!

#5 Cluckster

Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:55 AM

At 10 weeks pg with #1, I heaved a 20kg box of tomatoes from a stall at the F&V market to my car. The next day I had a substantial bleed. Natually paranoia took over and I linked the two. With the passage of time, however, I realise it was just that: paranoia.



#6 tomnickshay

Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:12 PM

I was 10 weeks pg when we went to Disneyland and I went to the Dr to ask if it was safe to go on rollercoasters and rides. She basically said there is nothing you can do that will cause a miscarriage. A miscarriage will happen if its going to happen regardless of what you do.

Of course thats assuming you have a normal low risk pg

#7 Penguin78

Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:25 PM

I am with your DH - i would complain. that is really not on for a person to say such awful things like that

you don't have to make a fuss, but just a calm, reasoned letter, cc'd to her boss, that you appreciated her concern, but that the hurtful way in which she gave her opinion really offended you and worried you, and that you have since followed up and found out its safe. she should firstly get her facts straight, and secondly watch what she says to a pregnant woman with two children... you could get a letter from your GP that says 'carrying up to * kilos is considered safe in pregnancy'.. to attach along with it..

she has some ISSUES!!

#8 Seuss

Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE (Penguin78 @ 24/08/2010, 02:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am with your DH - i would complain. that is really not on for a person to say such awful things like that

you don't have to make a fuss, but just a calm, reasoned letter, cc'd to her boss, that you appreciated her concern, but that the hurtful way in which she gave her opinion really offended you and worried you, and that you have since followed up and found out its safe. she should firstly get her facts straight, and secondly watch what she says to a pregnant woman with two children... you could get a letter from your GP that says 'carrying up to * kilos is considered safe in pregnancy'.. to attach along with it..

she has some ISSUES!!


This sounds like good advice - how aweful she has made you feel this way

#9 Alina0210

Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:34 PM

I lifted both my kids alltheoughout my pregnancy... You will know I it's too heavy for you to lift.

#10 bikingbubs

Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:04 PM

In my line of work I do lots of lifting/bending etc and was advised the only reason to swap to lighter duties was because I do it all day long.

I asked if I was not meant to lift anything heavy at all, and they said that it is fine to do so if you feel okay (ie, your body will tell you if it is not ok!).

#11 cabbagepatch

Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:11 PM

I wouldn't complain - I know how hard life in a small town is...biggrin.gif

I wouldn't worry about people who are uneducated - dumb people say dumb stuff!

I would of carried the parcel too and probably just waved my neighbour on to prove a point to the old PO bag - but I'm just stubborn...Tounge1.gif

#12 katiered

Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:25 PM

i'm sure you will be fine but I wouldn't do it again. Heavy lifting can cause the placenta to tear away from the womb.
If you are worried go to the doctor to check. But you should be fine rolleyes.gif try not to stress.
I use to stress all the time about things when I was preggo too. it's normal.

#13 Kayti

Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:20 PM

Hi Mimm,

Oh my goodness! I also live in a smalltown area, where you don't want to upset some of the shop-keepers, but this lady was WAAAAAAY out of line, and I do think you should complain to Aus Post head office.

I can't beleive another woman could say things like that, especially in front of your children! What a horrible way to try to put a guilt trip on a mother!

As part of my home business making soaps etc, I always need to lift and carry heavy wholesale orders from the factory to car then from the carpark to the post office - they are normally 15 kg each, but I've started splitting them down into more managable 7-8kg boxes.

I can't halve the 25kg drums of oils I store in my factory though, so that's where hubby comes in *smile* My muscle man!

I hope you can have a somewhat restful and calm evening, as others have said, if a misscarriage is going to happen, it will, no stopping it - I know from past experience..

Rest well!
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#14 gfgirl

Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (katiered @ 24/08/2010, 04:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Heavy lifting can cause the placenta to tear away from the womb.


This above - that is what was told and never lifted anything heavy even at shopping.  I know my friend lifts her 20 kilo 14 month old but i wouldn't do it when i was pregnant as i had tear issues with my previous pregnancy.  I was too scared to do the same thing just in case.

FYI  - i would not complain - if she made any other remark i would have a quiet word with her but i would leave it for now, esp in a country town - i am sure she was meaning well.





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