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Lifting after vaginal birth

I delivered my daughter 8 and half days ago. (37 weeks, 8lb little chunker) Uncomplicated vaginal delivery with some internal stitches but no external tearing.  My bleeding has already turned to the very light pink discharge.  Mostly minor unless my bladder gets too full or I cough then I gush a little more (but nothing major)

I moved a coffee table today with my sister. It didn't seem to heavy, just awkward.  Afterwards my mom screamed at me for lifting and carrying the item to the other room.  My bleeding has not increased at all since I did this, not to mention I lift my 25lb son all the time.  

Should I be concerned about this ? My mom kinda freaked me out.  Dr. Didn't mention anything about lifting, just told me not to drive for a week.

Any advice would be great.

Thanks
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Hi!
If you were my patient, I would advise you that you can lift anything now that you would have lifted before you got pregnant.  Your mom is probably going by an old wives tale--there are lots of them out there!  But, if you didn't have a C section, there is no reason why you can't do all normal activities at this point.  You are lucky you delivered early!
Good luck!
Dr B
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Lifting can cause dizziness and lightheaded feelings. CAN but not necessarily will.
If lifting it had not caused any more bleeding than what you already have, and you did not strain, you should be okay.
I would take it a little easy but it sounds like you're healing very nicely and can resume a normal life.
Just no lifting anything that makes you strain and if it makes you feel icky, stop and relax. Otherwise, go ahead.
Oh and if you do, just make sure people are around to help JUST in case your body suddenly disagrees with any form of action.
You're safe.
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You shouldnt lift anything until you have contacted your ob & discussed it because its different for everybody
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It's OK in my opinion... My grandmother was the same way after my oldest daughter, but she fused at me cause I was sweeping... :) it's just old school ways but you should be OK...
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Just take it steady for first few weeks no harm in that your bodys just gone through a massive change... my external stitches came undone couple days after birth because I did too much.. so relax as much as you can! But other than that I wouldent worry youve damaged yourself or anything Just from moving a table.
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It's not wives tales, it's to give your body and uterus time to get back to normal so you don't damage yourself. You have not long given birth, your body is going crazy with changes and muscles and stuff are still heaps more flexible due to the hormone relaxing them. Just take it easy :)
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Plz take it easy!!!!  Y do we feel we always have to be super girl and prove something I have 5 kids and I'm pregnant for the 6 time I learned from having my 3rd and 4th that u have to take it slow having a baby is a life changing body altering experience.... I also started to do things I shouldn't of when I had my kids and almost hemoreged to death it doesn't hurt to kick back and sit with ur little ones and admire what the Lord has given u all the other stuff that needs to get done will be there waiting.... :)
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