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Should women avoid bending during pregnancy?
Q: I’m 23 weeks along, and I bend over a lot to do things. Can bending over too far hurt the baby?
A: Nature has provided a wonderful cushioning system for your growing baby. The amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby allows your baby to move its arms and legs, flip around and practice “breathing” movements. Additionally the fluid allows your baby’s umbilical cord to float. It also allows the baby to accommodate as you move around and change positions.

If you can bend over and not feel breathless or lightheaded, there is no reason to believe your baby’s health is being compromised. As your baby grows, it may become harder to bend over. Use common sense: If moving in a certain way causes discomfort, pain, lightheadedness or breathlessness, avoid it.

Bending over may be physically possible at 23 weeks. However, as your baby grows it may become more difficult. Furthermore, bending from the waist can strain your back. It is wise to learn to bend with your knees rather than bend from your waist. This will protect your back and strengthen your legs, and will allow you continue to do many activities as your baby grows.

Laura E. Stachel M.D. Obstetrician & Gynecologist