If you have become pregnant, this is the time for you to stay extra cautious to safeguard your health and the growth of your baby in the womb. However, the myriad of advice that may come to you from your loved ones can leave you a bit confused and nervous. Go through this article to know whether bending during pregnancy is a safe bet or not!
Is bending over safe during pregnancy?
It may sound surprising to know that if you bend during pregnancy, it doesn't harm your baby in any way. It's because nature provides pregnant women with a cushioning system to help support the growing fetus. The amniotic fluid in the body allows a baby to move his arms, legs, flip around in the womb, and practice breathing movements. In addition to this, it helps the baby to accommodate according to your moving positions. Thus, bending over during pregnancy in no way put harmful effects on your baby.
What happens to your baby when you bend during pregnancy?
Although bending doesn't harm the baby, as he grows, it can become difficult for you to bend by the time you reach your third trimester. It may even cause other discomforts and increase your risk of tripping.
Let's find out how bending down in pregnancy can cause harm to you and your baby:
The Risk of Failing increases:
The complication that arises due to bending is the increased risk of falling or tripping. Damaging your abdomen by falling can give birth to dangerous health issues, it can cause placental separation or abruption from the uterine wall and even lead to miscarriage.
You may feel dizzy:
When bending over while pregnant, it sends a rush of blood to the head, making you feel dizzy. Further, this dizziness can cause a loss of balance or consciousness, adversely affecting your baby.
Bending increases the stress on the stomach and can aggravate heartburn, a common health problem in late pregnancy. What bending does, it reverses the flow of stomach acid into the esophagus and leads to belching, also knowns as burning sensation in the food pipe and unpleasant mouth taste.
How to safely bend while pregnant?
Even if you have to perform a few tasks that need bending, keep the following things in mind:
1) Kneel down or lower your knees instead of stretching your back.
2) Also, when getting up, use your hands, thighs, and knees rather than putting pressure on the muscles of the abdomen and stomach.
3)While lifting any heavy object, try to align its weight with your shifted center of gravity.
4) Do remember to keep a cautious approach to your daily chores.
How to maintain safe postures during pregnancy?
Maintaining safe postures when pregnant involves training your body to sit, walk, lie and stand in the positions that do not put the strain on your abdomen.
-Try keeping your neck, head, and back in a straight line while you stand. -Practice standing with your back against the wall for a few minutes throughout pregnancy.
Try sitting with your shoulders and keep your spine straight. Your derriere, a euphemistic name for a person's buttocks, should be touching the back of the chair. If this becomes uncomfortable for you, use a pillow, rolled-up towel, or a lumbar roll to give support your back while sitting.
Positions while driving:
While driving a car, your back still needs some support. Your knees need to be at the same level or a bit higher than your hips. For this, adjust your car seat to allow your feet to reach the pedals and bend your knees, yet, you have to keep the steering wheel 10 inches away from your belly. Most importantly, never forget to wear lap and shoulder safety belts whenever you go for a drive.
Lifting heavy objects:
You should avoid lifting heavy objects during pregnancy, but even if you have to, ask for someone's help to lift heavy objects. If you have no one near you to help you, make sure you have a firm footing (a proper stance for lifting heavy objects). If you need to pick up an object that is lower than your waist in height, keep your back straight and bend your knees and hips. Do not bend forward at your waist while keeping the knees straight.
Postures for lying and sleeping:
A good body position is always crucial even when you're taking rest. So, make sure you don't lie flat on your back or stomach while sleeping. Lying on your back during your third trimester can put excessive pressure on your heart and cause a backache. Lying on the stomach is also not a very comfortable position for you. It can put pressure on the fetus and reduce the blood flow. According to the doctors, it's best if you lie on your left side while sleeping or resting.
Hopefully, now you know what are the do's and don'ts of bending over during pregnancy. So, go ahead and make other moms-to-be aware of the reality.