Attention Dads -To – Be: Your significant other may also be dealing with “loose” joints and hyper-flexibility. Now, I know you’re thinking that sounds great, especially when you’ve always had a fantasy about a contortionist, but in reality it might cause that special lady some discomfort. The second a woman becomes pregnant the hormone factory ramps up production of progesterone, estrogen and relaxin. Relaxin is responsible for softening the ligaments to ease the trauma involved in birth for both the baby and the mom. It focuses on the ligaments of the pelvic girdle, the feet and the ankles. This joint laxity, combined with constant changes to the center of gravity can cause the body to react uncertainly and indeed, clumsily. Remember how fleet of foot you were when growing during puberty?
One unsettling symptom that can occur to the MTB is dizziness and fainting. Usually the cause is dehydration. The kidneys are under increased stress from handling the surge in metabolic waste. Additionally, the woman’s threshold for perspiration is drastically lower. The baby’s core temperature is always one degree higher than mom’s, so mom can overheat quickly even when she doesn’t have a belly yet. She may not be showing, but the oven is on!
Okay, so after being a certified pre and post natal trainer for the past fifteen years, and with over 1000 hours (after that I stopped counting) of training pregnant women I decided to spend some time this week dedicated to dispensing info for the new “Dads –To –Be” because no offense guys, but you have absolutely no clue! And we’re laughing about it behind your backs. I know you want to be supportive, so best to be informed before you open your mouth. Not to worry, first time moms, you can learn a lot too.
Today we’re going to talk about the biggest surprise of the first trimester to the “D.T.B.”’s, what I like to call the “she looks the same but she’s not” concept. Even though the baby is barely the size of a microscopic sea monkey, your spouse may be experiencing the following symptoms: shortness of breath, joint laxity and discomfort, clumsiness, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and fainting. And these symptoms can almost commence with conception. So guys, cut the ladies a little slack and check out the facts so you can understand these changes in behavior.
Blood volume nearly DOUBLES within the first trimester; the same heart you fell in love with is now pumping twice as much as it’s used to. Also, due to the growing placenta and fetus the woman’s metabolic activity increases, which translates to a lot more CO2 output for every exhalation. So the poor girl’s body is working twice as hard just sitting still; you’d be short of breath too!
Tune into tomorrow when we discuss “Hyper-flexibility” and “Joint Laxity” – FUN, FUN, FUN!!!