Is It Safe To Babywear While Pregnant? Gravity Can Do A Number On Your Balance
Babywearing is the coolest thing. You get to carry around your baby, hands free, so you can easily go shopping or do your laundry. They come in a variety of types, too, which is really helpful. Some let you hold your baby on your hip, some keep baby on your back, and some allow baby to hang on your chest or abdomen. Wearing a baby can make life easier, but when you are pregnant, things change, and the safety of the little one inside you becomes a priority. Is it safe to babywear while pregnant?
In an interview with Romper, Dr. Eva Martin, CEO and founder of Elm Tree Medical, says that babywearing during pregnancy can be safe, as long as you feel balanced and comfortable.
She says that there are two concerns to keep in mind. First, Martin says, is keeping balance, because during pregnancy your center of gravity shifts, making it a little harder to maintain proper balance. "If the sling is setting off your balance even more, it may cause you to fall with both babies," she says.
The other concern is circulation. Martin says that if the sling is too tight or cutting off circulation, or if carrying both babies just gets too heavy, it may become difficult to carry your baby on your body. She adds that the later you are in your pregnancy, the more difficult it may become to carry the weight of two babies.
"It's always a good idea to play it safe and err on the side of caution," says Martin. "Otherwise, there is no safety concern if you feel safe, balanced, and comfortable being pregnant and babywearing at the same time."
So the good news is that you can babywear during pregnancy, as long as you feel comfortable, and it doesn't hurt or strain your body. If you do feel pain or stress, maybe you should avoid it, and listen to your body, who is giving you the only cues you really need.