**Always make sure you check with your physician and let them know you want to continue to wear your child while pregnant. They can give you the go-ahead or may provide some directions on what's best for you.**
Two of our volunteers shared their experiences on babywearing while pregnant, including some tips and what worked for them. Check out what they have to say below!
My son and daughter are twenty months apart, so I definitely needed to wear while pregnant. For the most part I kept using my woven wraps and doing back carries like I’d done before, but I also ended up going back to my ring sling a lot more than I ever thought I would. It was great for those situations where he could walk or run around, but I still wanted an easy way to navigate parking lots or just deal with pre-nap meltdowns. I would wear him in a hip carry, and the extra support made getting through ticket lines so much easier. Ring slings are also pretty portable, so I could toss one in my bag when we were heading to church or a family event and not be carrying tons of stuff around with me. I could actually comfortably wear my son in a ring sling just as long or longer than I could with a woven wrap. Around 38 weeks back carries just got to be too much for me. - Natalie Short, VBE
I have loved babywearing my daughter Mary Evelyn just about every day since she was 6 weeks old. So, when I found out that we were going to have another baby when she was 18 months old, I knew I would have to find a way to continue wearing her. At first I wore her the same as always, usually in a buckle carrier, either in front or on my back. As my belly grew, I found myself wearing the waist strap a bit lower, and as my toddler grew I eventually ordered a Toddler Tula to allow us both more room. I tried wearing her on my back in a Mei Tai carrier, but I had to tie the waste strap so high that I felt it constricted my diaphragm. We all know that breathing becomes hard enough while you're pregnant. So, I stuck with the toddler Tula; it seemed to work the best for us. I was able to wear her until I was 7 and a half months pregnant.