Is it safe to bend over during this stage of pregnancy?

Surprising as it may seem, bending during pregnancy will not hurt your baby in any way. The amniotic fluid provides a wonderful cushioning system for the growing fetus, allowing to move around in your womb.

But as you near your due date, it will become difficult for you to bend. It may even increase your risk of tripping and may even cause other discomforts. Here’s how bending down at this stage can be dangerous for you and your baby.

Risk of dizziness & falling: When you bend over, there is a rush of blood to your head, which can cause you to feel dizzy and light-headed. Additionally, having a big belly can throw you off balance when you are trying to bend. This can lead you to lose your balance and fall which is highly risky in the last trimester of your pregnancy.

Also, this is the time when baby’s head drops into the pelvis and the body’s centre of gravity shifts even as the uterine wall starts to grow thinner. If you trip and fall, there is the risk of injuring your abdomen, which in the last trimester can lead to placental abruption. This causes bleeding, and even miscarriage as the placenta separates from the uterine wall.

Heartburn: Heartburn may have been a constant cause of discomfort throughout your pregnancy, and it keeps getting worse towards the end. When you bend, pressure is exerted on your stomach, which can lead to an acid reflux. Belching, an unpleasant taste, and a burning sensation, are all signs of this.

Back strain: Back pain is a common problem during pregnancy. With the increase in your belly weight in the last trimester, bending down will further add to the strain on your back. Though not a risk to the baby, it will prove painful to your already weakened ligaments.

If you cannot avoid bending, keep in mind the following: • Lower your knees instead of bending your back over your stomach. • Spread your knees apart and squat while you keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. • When getting up from a bent position, use your hands and knees to push yourself up.

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