Off-kilter

Feeling wobbly? During the third trimester of pregnancy, balance issues are common as the hormone relaxin kicks in. Take a look at what’s causing the clumsiness.

vertigoLigament laxity
As relaxin helps pelvic muscles soften in preparation for labor, joints that are essential for balance, like your knees and hips, might also be affected.

Weight shift
The body’s center of gravity shifts upward and forward as the uterus and baby grow. The change, combined with added weight, can cause you to feel unsteady.

Coordination discord
When swelling in the body increases, many women experience a temporary loss of dexterity, signaled by a numb or tingling sensation in their hands.

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