Magazine article Working Mother

Preventing Pregnancy Pains

Magazine article Working Mother

Preventing Pregnancy Pains

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Many jobs, such as those that require computer work or standing or sitting for long periods of time, can exacerbate common pregnancy-related complaints. To prevent or manage pregnancy pains, try these tips from Rodney Edwards, MD, an assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Florida.

Back pain A woman's center of gravity shifts forward during pregnancy, which can put pressure on the lower back and lead to pain. HOW TO HANDLE: Don't wear high heels. Try swimming, which takes weight off the back and helps strengthen the muscles.

Swollen ankles Gravity pulls the extra fluid retained in pregnancy into the legs and ankles. HOW TO HANDLE: If possible, lie down for 20 minutes and put your feet up above your heart to help fluid come back to the larger blood vessels, which are in the center of your body. …

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