Duke Of Edinburgh Expedition During Second Trimester

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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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.