Duke Of Edinburgh Expedition During Second Trimester

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am considering doing my Gold Duke Of Edinburgh expedition in the coming weeks. The complication I am having though is that I will be roughly 20 weeks pregnant.

This expedition consists of camping for 4 nights, whilst walking 80 km over 4 days carrying everything I need to survive (roughly walking for 10 hours a day on average). The bag I will be using will therefore be very heavy and will have a chest strap and a waist strap (that will be tied very tightly around my hips / waist).

Will I harm my baby or myself by doing this ?

ANSWER

The camping and walking might be ok, but not the pack. You are not allowed to carry more than 20 pounds while pregnant.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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