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Is it safe to carry around my toddler when I'm pregnant?

Carrying a toddler during pregnancy probably isn't a good idea. As your belly expands, your center of gravity shifts. This puts lot of pressure on your lower back. Also, body changes early in pregnancy can make you more prone to feeling lightheaded when you stand up. So if you reach down and lift a toddler straight up, you may feel weak or dizzy for minute or two.

This may be difficult to explain to your toddler. Be creative about strategies to keep your toddler feeling special. You can sit down and have your toddler sit on your lap for hugs, and use a stroller when you're on the go. Friends and family can help carry a sleeping toddler to bed.

If you must lift your toddler from time to time, bend your knees and try to keep your back straight. Flat shoes and back support products in pregnancy may help reduce the strain on your lower back.

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