A willing pregnancy is a wonderful thing, and expecting parents are more than happy to share the news with friends and family whenever they can. However, for those having their first child, the changes that happen to their bodies during pregnancy can be daunting and unexpected. Here are some tips regarding how your movement will change while pregnant:

General Symptoms of Pregnancy

Overall, the human body has a major reaction to carrying a child, especially at the beginning stages. The first symptoms of pregnancy involve a missed period, nausea (like morning sickness), tender and swollen breasts, fatigue, and increased urination. As the pregnancy develops, those expecting may experience moodiness, bloating, cramping, constipation, nasal congestion, and aversions to specific foods and smells.

During later stages of pregnancy, those expecting may experience contractions, backaches, heartburn, shortness of breath, and frequent urination as well.

How Will These Affect Movement?

Pain is the first and main cause of impaired movement during pregnancy. If something hurts, chances are you won’t want to move it. Most pain will come from the abdomen, although headaches may occur, and back pain is common because of the developing child. Overall, you may find yourself unable to do much of what you were once able to do, like running, jumping, bending down, or standing for long periods. Sometimes, you may find a certain sitting position or stretching position uncomfortable as well.

Is Bending Down Dangerous?

Overall, bending down isn’t dangerous during pregnancy, but it can be painful. When someone is pregnant, the baby sits encased in amniotic fluid and is cushioned by the uterine lining which can prevent it from general harm. However, if you are having contractions and are expecting soon, bending down may not be the best idea. During the third trimester, the size and weight of the baby can alter balance—this means that the expecting parent is more prone to falling or hurting their back.

How can I stay Flexible?

To help avoid pulling muscles and getting hurt, it is important to stretch during pregnancy. Although your movement is limited because of the baby, there are many stretches designed to help those expecting to stay flexible and avoid excess pain. Back, neck and chest stretches can all help reduce strain, just make sure you have someone to spot during your routine and avoid stretches you think may be too painful or difficult.

Expecting parents can also use special back braces to help support the weight of the baby during later stages in pregnancy. Much like other orthopedic supports, these braces help keep the user’s back from bending or turning in an uncomfortable manner, and can especially help someone who already has back complications.

To browse other orthopedic pregnancy aids, visit Medical Supply Depot, and remember to take it easy!

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