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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Doing Dishes Pregnant ~ Avoid a Wet Belly!

The bigger I get (I hit my 32 week mark on Sunday) the harder it is to stand at the sink to do dishes. Not having an automatic dishwasher, I'm it! As I stand to do this lovely chore (sometimes multiple times a day) my back aches, I get short of breath (from leaning forward), weak and tired (I just don't stand long anymore without that happening), and the worse of them all... my belly gets wet (especially cold in the winter)!

My tip today is all about avoiding that wet belly (and as a bonus, it's helping with all the other stuff!) I don't know about you, but when I do dishes, no matter how hard I try, water somehow sneaks up to the edge of the counter where my belly inevitably rests or rubs against it. I am just the right height for my belly to rest comfortably ON TOP of my kitchen counter when I am right up against it. Lovely!

So yesterday, out of a fit of desperation, I grabbed a kitchen towel. By folding a (dry) kitchen towel and laying it on the edge of the sink, I can now lean (deliberately) into the counter (with the towel between us) without getting wet! This also alleviates my sore back (from trying to stay far enough away from the counter as to not get wet) and gives me something to lean on... making it easier to stand there for any length of time at all! :) YEY!

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At January 15, 2008 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Jeannie said...

Great tip! I am 6 weeks along and don't need it quite yet, but it is great to have advice like this for the future- when I will probably experience the same thing!

Thanks for the great tip!
JB @ Titus2Journey

At January 15, 2008 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Irene said...

Okay friend, I am laughing right now:) I wish I could visit and see you pregnant, how cute. I miss those days...enjoy them, because there is nothing quite like carrying your daughter inside. Just today Julia said, "Mommy, I had you inside of me?" Meaning, of course that I had her inside of that she is starting to grasp the miracle of that. You talking about your pregnancy is making me want to join you! Michael isn't quite on board at this point:)

At January 15, 2008 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Donielle said...

Try putting one foot an a low stool while you do dishes. When I was pregnant with my Peanut I didn't have a dishwasher either (and I had to stand for a good part of the day at work)and it totally saved my back. Also, wear good shoes. I know it sounds silly to wear shoes when washing - but it really helps!

At January 15, 2008 at 10:37 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Good tip ~ wish I would've read it oh 5 months ago when I was pregnant hehe.

At January 15, 2008 at 10:49 PM , Anonymous Carrie said...

Thanks for that tip! I'm a little bit farther along than you and my tummy does get wet a lot!! :-)

At January 16, 2008 at 12:37 AM , Blogger Martie said...

Well, I am done with the baby stage - but this is a great tip! (I will have to remember it if I ever get a tumor and have something like a baby sticking out in front of me! lol)

Congratulations on your baby. I am sure you are getting SOOOO excited.

Blessings to you and your new little one!

At January 16, 2008 at 12:58 AM , Blogger Christa said...

Oh, bless you. I'm due in March, too, with our fifth. I was just complaining to my husband about my aching back / wet belly after washing the dinner dishes. (We don't have a dishwasher.) I don't know why I've never thought of this. Thanks!

At January 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM , Blogger fullheartandhands mama said...

I do the same thing. Though at 38 weeks with my third, I'm starting to think maybe I should use a bath towel. Congratulations on your expected little one.

At January 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM , Blogger Phyllis Sommer said...

lol - as soon as i saw the title of your post i knew i had experienced this problem too:-) good luck to you!

At January 16, 2008 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Good tip - this is something I've done, too!

At January 20, 2008 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Angela said...

That is a great idea. I got so uncomfortable with this being as I'm so short, five feet even, that I started just lifting my leg up on the counter. Well it wasn't so much for the wet issue as the my belly being rammed into the counter. I didn't always do it (I gain 40-50 when I'm prego) and it isn't always the most comfortable but when you get desperate! Anyhow good luck with the pregnancy!


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