Being pregnant can be a magical time in the life of an expectant mother. But while the prospect of bringing new life into the world is exciting, pregnant women often face orthopedic problems that can make it very difficult for them.
Pregnancy puts a great deal of strain on a woman’s body. The physiological changes, along with the added weight and the movements of the baby, can intensify existing bone or joint problems. That’s why expectant mothers should consult an expert orthopedic specialist along with their OB/GYN.
Here are some of the most common orthopedic problems faced by expectant mothers:
Lower Back Pain:
According to a study published in the Journal of Orthopedics & Bone Disorders, more than half of women in the world experience lower back pain during pregnancy. In Canada, 42.5% of pregnant women reported lower back pain while they were expecting. The main causes of lower back pain include the additional weight of the baby and the awkward distribution of excess body fat during pregnancy.
This causes rapid muscle fatigue which can lead to muscle spasms. Lower back pain can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of a pregnant woman. Being prepared before and during the pregnancy for the physiological changes by adopting a proper diet and performing back-strengthening exercises can help avoid this problem.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, pain, and tingling in the fingers and hand. This occurs when the median nerve in the wrist gets pinched and the flow of the blood gets affected.
During pregnancy, the body retains a lot of fluids which can exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome. The risk is higher during the third trimester, especially if the expectant mother gains excessive weight. He condition can be treated with ice compresses, night splints, physical therapy, and in severe cases, cortisone injections.
The fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toe. Rapid and excessive weight gain during pregnancy can cause the inflammation of this tissue. The condition is called plantar fasciitis and can lead to a stabbing and sharp pain in the heel.
The condition can get worse during the later stages of the pregnancy, and is more painful in the mornings. Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated at home with the help of night splints, ice applications, regular foot massages, and orthopedic shoe inserts.
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