Babywearing During Pregnancy
Your child still wants to be carried a lot and is looking for connection while you’re pregnant? Can this work?
First of all, it is normal for your soon-to-be big sister or big brother to become more affectionate when you are expecting your next child. Children sense the change very keenly and their behaviours can change. Cuddling can be a wonderful way to look forward to the new sibling together.
Then there are the household chores – the appointments, picking up the baby from daycare, the laundry – all these tasks (and probably more!) still have to be done and they don’t do themselves. Much like before you were expecting again, a baby carrier can help.
Can I wear my child during pregnancy?
The good news is that you can usually carry your child during pregnancy, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First things first: there must be no medical reason why you cannot. Please consult with your health care team - if there are no restrictions regarding lifting or carrying, then you may also carry your child.
Nevertheless, listen to your body as it will tell you exactly when it is too much. Pay attention to the signals and carry your child only as long as it feels good for you. If in doubt, always talk to your midwife or gynaecologist.
It is always better to carry your baby on your body with a baby carrier than in your arms and in an awkward position, and it is even gentler to carry your baby on your back so that there is no pressure on your bump.
How does it work?
At the beginning of pregnancy and for short ups and downs, a ring sling is certainly a nice option, but later on as your pregnancy progresses and your bump gets bigger, carry your child on your back with a belt-free carry.
Important: Carry your child high and close to your body, since this is less stressful for the abdominal area and pelvic floor.
Which baby carrier can I use when pregnant?
There are a few options:
- The DidyGo - as an Onbuhimo it has no waist belt and is quick and easy to put on.
- The woven wrap - with this option you can move the knot up over your bump or use a belly-free finish, which helps you carry your child for a long time.
With our DIDYMOS baby wrap sling you can also relieve your pregnant belly in the last trimester when it is very heavy (ATTENTION: not to be used as a permanent carrying method, but is a wonderful release for short periods). Eva Vogelgesang, paediatric nurse neonatology, IBCLC and trainer at the DIDYMOS babywearing school, shows here on the clinic portal how it works. It supports the belly from below and relieves your back wonderfully. If you are in doubt or would like to know more, contact a babywearing advisor.
This blog post is by Anna Hoffmann