My son had only just turned one while I was pregnant with my second child, and he needed to be attached to me at all times! Babywearing was the only way I survived my pregnancy without having to do the dreaded bend to the floor to pick him up every other minute! Wearing him in the carrier was actually more beneficial as his weight was evenly distributed, rather than putting pressure on my shoulders while simply holding him.
Now pregnant with my 3rd child, I am comfortably continuing to babywear my daughter, who is now almost 2 years old and a healthy solid 13kgs!
The Zarpar Bebe carriers are both ideal for babywearing during pregnancy, as they are extremely lightweight and breathable, non bulky and easily adjustable to suit each body's needs.
So the answer to many of your questions is; Babywearing during pregnancy is perfectly safe and surprisingly comfortable. If you are an experienced babywearer, your body has already built the strength needed to continue carrying your older child.
However, babywearing is considered a physical activity during pregnancy, so it is extremely important you speak with your health care provider first and above all, listen to your body.
Like anything in pregnancy, beginning something new has to be done with much caution. So if you are new to babywearing you will need to learn your body's responses to carrying a child. Pay close attention to any discomfort within your body and be sure to contact your health practitioner if pain continues. Babywearing older children can take some time to build endurance, so please ensure you start off slowly.
As you are already well conditioned to your body's responses to wearing a child, you will be better prepared to continue babywearing throughout your pregnancy. Ensure you continue to observe your body's cues and take breaks when needed.
Pregnant body's tire much more rapidly, especially towards the last trimester as the hormone relaxin begins to take effect - so ensure you are observing your body's cues of fatigue and take breaks regularly.
Front Carry is perfectly fine in the early days of pregnancy, however as your belly grows, there will be a lot less room for your toddler to fit. It will also start to put a little extra pressure on your lower back as you start to fatigue so once you start to feel uncomfortable in this position, it's time to change it up.
Hip Carry is a great alternative to front carry if your little one still wants to be close. There will be no weight distributed around the belly, aside from a leg which can easily cup comfortably around your growing belly.
Back Carry is by far my most preferred carry. The weight is evenly distributed giving you a much more balanced position, and you have the freedom to get things done.
If using the snap carriers you can fasten the waist buckle under your bump, it may even provide a little extra support to your stretching ligaments!
If using the wrap carriers try fastening the waist buckle above your bump just under your breasts - it will mean your little person will sit slightly higher up on your back, however they will likely enjoy the view!
A huge congratulations on your beautiful growing families - it truly is such an exciting time, exhausting, but totally worth the ride!
Happy Babywearing Lovelies xx