Lifting during Pregnancy

  1. How much weight is it considered safe to lift during pregnancy? Did you still continue to scoot patients up in bed and turn them when pregnant?
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  3. by   Tweety
    Let your ob doc tell you. Everyone is different. I'm a guy so I know you weren't asking me, but I can only tell you what I've seen. I've seen nurses who were pregnant run half-marathons, I've seen nurses continue to do their job within reason exactly as before. Basically a normal pregnancy doesn't disable the nurse and the nurse should perform near the same level. I've seen other nurses the day they found out they were pregnant put themselves on light duty to protect their baby. Obviously caution should always be exercised. Medical advise should always be sought.
  4. by   Destinystar
    Usually if it is something that you usually do you can still do it if you are pregnant. As the pregnancy progresses the baby is dropping lower and is heavier, the hormones in your body are causing your ligaments to soften and become more pliable. You are far more prone to becoming injured at this time than someone who is non pregnant. Besides it is harder to work around equipment, or siderails or anything that might press into your abdomen. Go by how you feel. If it is causing you pain, discomfort, Shortness of breath, bleeding, contractions then call your doctor. When you are pregnant your doctor can determine that you are temporarily disbaled and put you on limited duties or even take you off of work. In the 3rd trimester a woman should not be doing any strenuous activities because it could increase her core temperature and cause brain damage to the fetus. Running could cause the placenta to tear. Most women take off work at least one month before delivery. I gained a ton of weight and worked up to the last minute with my all 4 of my pregnancies with no harm being done to my children. But I was very uncomfortable at times.



    Quote from KayRN2003
    How much weight is it considered safe to lift during pregnancy? Did you still continue to scoot patients up in bed and turn them when pregnant?
  5. by   KayRN2003
    Have you ever heard of a hospital being unable to accommodate a nurse because she couldn't lift more than 25 lbs?
  6. by   julieK
    I don't know the answer to that question, but I wish I did. I'm 33 weeks pregnant and work on an onc unit where I routinely have 6 patients. My OB doesn't really have an opinion as to how long I should work for. I hope I'm not doing damage to the baby from working so hard. I am still lifting patients and everything b/c our aides are basically worthless except for a very few.

    -Julie
  7. by   gwenith
    The best way to go is to try and get "no lift" policies introduced. When it comes to moving patients in bed slide sheets/ move tubes are cheap, effective and can be used by virtually anyone.
  8. by   nurseygrrl
    I'm not sure...Like Tweety said, I would seek the advice of your doctor and not do anything that you're uncomfortable with. Hopefully you're co-workers will be there for you when you need them.

    I have 3 pregnant women on my unit! My 7-3 sidekick, our 3-11 nurse and our social worker are all expecting. I'm more than willing to help my buddy out as she is me.
  9. by   julieK
    Quote from gwenith
    The best way to go is to try and get "no lift" policies introduced. When it comes to moving patients in bed slide sheets/ move tubes are cheap, effective and can be used by virtually anyone.
    What are move-tubes?

    -Julie
  10. by   Destinystar
    first of all what does there job description say about the amount of wt that is required for the position?? second of all are you considered to be legally and permanently disabled? if the job description states that you have to lift more than 25 pounds then they dont have to accomodate you. if you are legally permanently disabled then you are protected under the americans with disabilities act and they do have to make an effort to accomodate you as long as the hospital will not suffer economically because of it. i have seen job descriptions that as if you can physcially do certain things before you will be considered for a postion.



    Quote from kayrn2003
    have you ever heard of a hospital being unable to accommodate a nurse because she couldn't lift more than 25 lbs?
  11. by   KayRN2003
    My OB doctor has put the restriction of no lifting over 25 lbs on me. Along with another restriction. They aren't going to accomodate me in the area i currently work.
    Last edit by KayRN2003 on Jul 1, '04
  12. by   Destinystar
    look at the employee hand book on the hospitals policy on pregnancy. what state are you in? how does your hospital treat other employees who have weight restrictions? what does the department of fair employment and housing say about this do they consider it discrimination? do you have the option of collecting state disability or short term disability if you are unable to work now because of this? are they willing to move you to a different position? in california where i am in nursing they would never treat a pregnant nurse this way.

    let me know.


    Quote from kayrn2003
    how much weight is it considered safe to lift during pregnancy? did you still continue to scoot patients up in bed and turn them when pregnant?
  13. by   uk_nurse
    on my unit im the 5 th nurse to become pregnant!! Its that chair at the nurses station Well our hospital has a no lifting policy, we have to go to manual handling courses every year to keep updated. We have aides on the ward, if you do do some damage and you were not carrying out the correct procedures as laid down in the policy. It is basically your own fault. As far as pregnancy goes the staff on my ward are very considerate and dont let you do anything too strenuous. It is lovely to know you have the caring staff on your ward. They dont mind if i refuse to do things that i think i cant do.
  14. by   Farkinott
    Quote from KayRN2003
    How much weight is it considered safe to lift during pregnancy? Did you still continue to scoot patients up in bed and turn them when pregnant?
    When I work with a colleague whom I know is pregnant I tend to say "No lifting of any sort!" and take up the slack. I never put myself in danger, but I am twice the size and glad to care for my colleagues.

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