Weight gain in pregnant women increases the workload on the body from any Physical activity. This additional weight and gravity slow down the circulation of blood and bodily fluids, particularly in the lower limbs. As a result, pregnant women retain fluids and experience swelling of the face and limbs. The water weight can add limitations to exercise.
Many women begin to notice slight swelling during the second trimester. It often continues into third trimester. This increase in fluid retention is responsible for a significant amount of weight gain women experience during pregnancy.
Tips to ease swelling
- avoid long periods of standing
- avoid caffeine and sodium
- increase dietary potassium
- mild to moderate exercise.
Weight gains usually the primary reason that the body can't tolerate high levels of exercise. This can apply to even the seasoned , elite or professional athlete. Round ligament strain, increased size of the uterus, and the pelvic instability from laxity of ligaments may lead to increased discomfort during exercise.
The increase in weight causes downward drag on the belly. This causes pain in the hips and lower back. The Bellybean Maternity Pillow can support your belly and lower back with comfort and ease.