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A Baby in a Basket — When Lifting is Uplifting

I love this photo.
I love the little guy in the photo.
The whole scene makes me smile.
It lightens my load.

But there’s another dimension to this picture we can easily miss.

Parenting is in itself a “load to carry over one’s lifetime” …so how fitting that this baby sits happily in a container usually holding another type of load (laundry.)

With either one, a woman’s carrying weight around day in and day out. One brings joy with every lift, another offers a sense of completing a necessary task.

But both have one thing in common: they’re heavy, sometimes cumbersome, and include a lifetime of repetition.

So whether your task is to lift a baby into your arms or to reach over to remove a load of laundry from the machine, learn to do it properly (because it really is true that a woman’s work is never done.) 🙂

Here’s how to lean over and lift up for a lifetime.

Dr. Foetisch Tells Us How to Lift (Any) Load Safely and with Care —

· Try not to lift with the back bent. Use the legs and keep the weight close to your body to reduce strain. Avoid twisting while lifting; use your feet to turn your body.

· A woman should lift no more than 1/3 of her body weight.

· If you begin to develop severe back pain or pain that radiates down one of your legs, stop immediately. Also, if you are not used to repetitive or heavy lifting expect to be sore for the next several days.

· For day-after pain relief, try an over the counter anti-inflammatory if you do not have bleeding problems or sensitivity to this type of medication. Acetaminophen can also be helpful. Applying warm moist heat can be soothing and relaxing as well.

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4 thoughts on “A Baby in a Basket — When Lifting is Uplifting

  1. great advice! I always love your work. I do struggle with Dr. Foetisch’s rule of not lifting more than 1/3 of my body weight. Some days, it’s the only way to get the sleeping child out of the car and into the house. 😉

  2. Mandy, agreed! Sometimes we gotta bend
    on this rule a bit (as in getting a sleeping child into the house and into their bed)…because every mom knows sleep (theirs and ours) is a beautiful thing. 🙂

  3. Great way to look at things! O, boy have I learned the proper way of lifting!!! My child days are gone but my work requires constant lifting.

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