Are you looking forward to the arrival of your little bundle of joy soon? Are you noticing a swing in your steps of late? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a must!
From the growing baby bump to heartburn, insomnia, and consistent nausea– Pregnancy causes a number of changes in your body, both external and internal. Have you heard of how pregnant women start waddling during advanced pregnancy? If you are clueless and curious to know more why do pregnant women waddle, go ahead and give this post a read!
Do Pregnant Women ‘Waddle’?
Yes, this one’s not a myth. A woman undergoes many physical changes during pregnancy, walking with a swinging gait becomes more comfortable, which is why, it may appear that she is ‘waddling’.
Why Do Pregnant Women Waddle? – Causes
Experts have many theories for why pregnant women waddle. For starters, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy cause joint laxities that make the lower part of the spine looser and more unstable. The ensuing muscle strain can cause the woman to ‘waddle’ while attempting to walk.
In addition, as the belly grows during pregnancy, the center of gravity of the body shifts, which could also cause waddling during pregnancy.
Also, the inside of the pelvis tends to tilt slightly during pregnancy, which widens the stance and causes the pregnant woman to waddle (1).
Is Waddling Normal?
For now, there are no concerns noted as a result of waddling in pregnancy. However, it is advisable that pregnant women must maintain a correct posture during pregnancy, and must use support while moving around, especially during the later stages of pregnancy to avoid a fall.
Tips To Maintain The Correct Posture During Pregnancy:
The growing tummy and changes in the body may make it difficult for a pregnant woman to maintain a proper posture. Adopting an improper posture while sitting, standing or even lying down could cause stiffness of certain muscles.
Here are some handy tips to help you maintain the right posture during pregnancy.
- Avoid tilting the head forwards, backward or sideways while standing. Make sure your head is straight.
- Keep the knees straight, the shoulder blades backward and the chest forward while standing.
- It is also important to remember that the weight of the body should be equal on both the legs. Pregnant women must avoid shifting the entire weight of the body to one leg, or switching between legs.
- While sitting, make sure the back is straight and the shoulders are backward. The buttocks can touch the back of the chair. You can also use pregnancy pillows for additional support.
- It is advisable to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
- Pregnant women should avoid lying flat on the back during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. The posture tends to increase the stress on the heart since the baby’s weight can exert pressure on the large veins that carry blood to the lower parts of the body. Sleeping on the back during pregnancy could also lead to backache.
- Pregnant women should consider sleeping on the side. They should keep switching sides at night to avoid the growing uterus from straining other organs of the body. You can also place pillows below or between the legs for additional support.
- Sleeping in a position that helps maintain the ‘curve’ of the back could be helpful (2).
These tips can protect the muscles of the body from fatigue and strain, thereby improving posture during pregnancy.
We hope this article helped you understand more about the correct posture you need to maintain during pregnancy, and why pregnant waddling is normal.
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