Normal or not?
Quite normal, especially in the last few months of the pregnancy. Some researches shows that more than one-quarter of women fall at least once during their pregnancy.
There are a variety of reasons:
- Increased mass. Due to the extra weight of your baby, you are prone to lose your balance sometimes.
- Shifted centre of mass. This one involves a bit of physics. Your baby bump grows, changing the dynamics of your body, causing it to fall more often.
- Loosening of joints. Various joints in pelvic and knee area are altered due to hormonal change.
- Legs and feet become swollen. Another way you could fall down on your own.
- Weak abdominal muscles. During later part of pregnancy, your abdominal muscles separate vertically down the middle, weakening the abdominal area and possibly affecting movement.
This is not the worst of it. Finger joints are susceptible too, undermining your ability to hold stuff. Retention of water also introduces tingling and numbness in various parts of the body.
This is not the best time for you to do more physical work, so:
- Don’t hurry- Put a sure-footed appearance. Take your time in doing stuff.
- Avoid chores- Avoid anything that involves labour–like running errands.
- Tennis shoes are in- Go for footwear that offers more friction with the surface, hence lesser chance of falling.
- Be aware of your surroundings- Use escalators or lifts wherever available, avoid places with tricky terrain.
- Get a maternity belt- If you find it cumbersome to walk, these belts are a must. They provide a support for your belly, hips and abdomen.
- Don’t carry loads- You already are carrying the most beautiful ‘load’ of your life. Don’t pile on.
Should I be worried?
Symptoms like light-headedness, headaches, spasm and unclear vision should be immediately acted upon by calling your doctor.
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