Is Your Body Adapting Well to Pregnancy?

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During pregnancy, the female body goes through some significant changes – more than just the obvious growing belly. While this is a natural process, women’s bodies must adapt to changes at a rapid pace. Age, ethnicity, physical wellness, and genetic factors all affect how well women acclimate to pregnancy. While some women coast through pregnancy and claim it as one of the best times of their lives, other women do not fare as well and only have uncomfortable memories of this stage of life.

The Physical Changes and Complaints of Pregnancy

Throughout pregnancy, a woman’s body must adapt as a whole. Organs will shift in order to make room for the growing uterus and baby. The respiratory system must also adjust to optimize maternal and fetal oxygenation and facilitate the removal and clearance of CO2 from the baby. Shortness of breath is a common complaint. As the abdomen grows, the diaphragm is elevated and the ribs are pushed out creating a decreased capacity for air. 

One of the leading complaints among pregnant women is back pain. Gaining a good deal of weight in 9 months is a huge change for women’s bodies. Those who are petite or who are carrying multiples often find that these extreme changes cause their backs to compensate for the extra weight. This makes pregnant women more susceptible to injury and can lead to problems in the spine, pelvis, or rib cage. 

Ask About Your Options for a More Comfortable Pregnancy

While we never want to stop the healthy growth of your baby, and we can’t change the size or structure of the body that the baby is growing inside of, there are ways to find relief if your pregnancy is causing physical aches and pains. For example, did you know that there are physical therapy services specifically designed for pregnant women? A licensed physical therapist or chiropractor may be able to manipulate your bones and ligaments in a way that more comfortably supports your growing belly. They can also address the pain you may be having in your feet or shoulders due to the way you have been handling the additional weight. 

While pregnancy is remarkably rewarding, it can undoubtedly take its toll on your body. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we want to help women have a pregnancy that is both healthy and comfortable. Let us know if you are suffering from back pain or other physical ailments that are compromising your daily function.

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