Have you noticed that you’re more accident-prone now that you’re pregnant? You’re not alone. Many women notice they become more physically clumsy during their prenatal months. Although this is perfectly natural, given the numerous physical changes resulting from pregnancy, many women find themselves struggling with this sudden clumsiness.
In this week’s article, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy-related clumsiness. Go ahead and take a look.
What causes this new-found clumsiness?
Clumsiness during pregnancy can occur due to a variety of factors. Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, that growing belly of yours is likely to have an impact on your mobility and balance. It’s completely natural that, as your belly grows, you find yourself a little less steady on your feet at times. You might find climbing stairs or doing other physical activities a little more cumbersome and challenging than in the past.
The change in hormones associated with pregnancy is another common factor. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause a loosening in your ligaments and joints, and make you more prone to accidents. Not only that, but fluid retention can lead to temporary carpal tunnel syndrome, which makes it more difficult to grasp objects.
Another common but overlooked factor is the general fatigue associated with pregnancy. When you’re constantly tired, you’re more prone to clumsiness in general. You might find yourself dropping objects or tripping, or being more forgetful. This general fatigue, combined with these other physical changes, can be a major contributor to this new-found clumsiness.
Is there anything that can be done?
The bad news, quite simply, is: no. There’s no magic solution to overcome the clumsiness that often occurs during your prenatal months. The good news, however, is: you don’t need to worry about it too much. It’s perfectly normal to be a little less agile and physically competent than you once were. The important thing is to acknowledge your limitations, shape your life and environment around these limitations, and ensure that you behave in a way that will keep you safe and free from accidents. Let’s take a look at some ways to help ensure you remain as safe as possible while contending with that pregnancy-related clumsiness.
- Acknowledge your limitations. Slow down when walking and take your time. Don’t try to do things that you were once able to do, like climb ladders, walk extra long distances, carry heavy objects, or perform labour-intensive housework.
- If you find yourself dropping things more often, have someone else take over certain activities, like emptying the dishwasher or making food.
- Avoid walking on icy, uneven or difficult terrain. Similarly, don’t go trying to squeeze into those high-heels or fashionable shoes any time soon. Always keep both comfort and mobility in mind.
When should I be concerned?
More often than not, clumsiness is completely normal and shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. However, if you find yourself experiencing dizzy spells, blurred vision, or pain, contact your healthcare professional.