How to prevent joint pains during pregnancy?


For women, nothing can beat the wonderful feeling of getting pregnant. However, apart from the huge responsibility of giving your baby the best care while he or she is still growing inside you, pregnancy brings a lot of other things with it. Your confidence will be greatly challenged at this point in your life and insecurities will come to fore in full force, besides back and joint pains.

As you go through your pregnancy, it is important that you take special care of your body including your bones and joints because you will need their support as you and your child gains weight.

The pelvic joint connects four large bones in our body. Part of it is called Symphysis Pub, which secures the pelvis while our legs move. Since the pelvis basically supports the womb, it is the most affected joint at the time of pregnancy as the ligaments are going to be greatly stretched due to the increasing size and weight of your womb.

How to prevent joint pains during pregnancy?

Get a general health check. As a precautionary measure, you should have a general health check alternate month until your last trimester. This is essential because we all know that pregnant women cannot just take any sort of medicines and X-rays. Painkillers may be allowed, however, the risk of side-effects to your baby has to be considered.

Eat a nutritious diet.  It is always advisable for pregnant women to eat a nutritious balanced meal. Be sure to include in your meal some dairy products such as milk, cheese and curd. Eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables daily as you can, including the green leafy ones.

Do some exercises. Yes, a pregnant woman can actually do exercise. However, you must get your doctor’s approval before you engage in any sort of physical exercise. Walking is the best form of exercise for you. It will help strengthen your bones, is a gradual muscle toning regimen and promotes blood circulation.

Make sure that you do not overdo it. There are other exercises for pregnant women that you can do besides walking. Ask your doctor for recommendations.

Get enough rest. Make sure that you sleep properly or rest adequately to get rid of stress and tension in your body, particularly at your lower extremities including your back. It is important that you rest in a proper position too and maintain proper posture while sitting, standing and walking.