Pregnancy Skin Health
At 17 weeks pregnant your centre of gravity is changing. Trying
to maintain a good posture will help you avoid backache and
unnecessary muscular strain. If you have to lift heavy objects,
remember to bend at the knees and use those large, powerful
Quadriceps in your thighs to help.
For some women, sciatic nerve pain is extremely troubling. This
nerve runs from your spine, down your buttocks and the entire
length of each leg. When the weight of the uterus and the baby are
compressing on this nerve, it can feel like pins and needles or a
sharp pain down in your bottom or legs. Try to shift your weight if
this is happening and sleep with as many pillows as you find
comfortable. By lying on your side, with your upper leg bent at the
knee and supported by a pillow, the pressure on the sciatic nerve
can be relieved. Avoid putting pillows behind your knees or lying
in the same position for long periods of time. This can lead to a
pooling of blood and increase the risk of blood clots. Another
useful tip can be when you are sitting, try to elevate your legs
and rest them on a foot stool.
From around the time they are 17 weeks pregnant, some women find
they need to wear a pregnancy girdle to support the weight of their
abdomen. Don't laugh! There's a lot of comfort to be found in
supportive undergarments. No one but you, and perhaps your partner,
needs to know.
If you have a toddler who demands to be picked up all the time,
encourage them to climb onto your lap when you're sitting down and
then have a cuddle. Take their stroller when you go out, use a
shopping trolley to contain them, or time your outings for when
your partner is available. Pilates, yoga, water aerobics and
physiotherapy can all help to strengthen the muscles which maintain
the spine in its correct alignment.
Week 18 is next.