Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Pink, born Alecia Beth Moore, is pregnant with her first child with husband motocross racer Carey Hart. The 31-year-old has recently been Tweeting about her pregnancy- especially about how clumsy she feel:
i am the clumsiest i have ever been in my life. fell AGAIN today! i feel like my 92 yr old grammom in a shower with oil on my feet. #dumb
Pink is not alone in that feeling. “Pregnancy induced clumsiness” is a real phenomenon, and one of the chief complaints of pregnant women. And…there are actual physical reasons for it. First is the obvious change is body shape, which changes the center of gravity of a pregnant woman.
This picture shows the changes in a pregnant woman’s center of gravity over the course of pregnancy. Women develop a more pronounced bend in the lower spine (called spinal lordosis) as opposed to men, which allows them to lean further backwards and stay in balance. Despite this, a pregnant woman’s balance can still be uneasy, especially when climbing stairs, lifting or carrying a package or walking on uneven or slippery surfaces.
Secondly, during pregnancy a hormone called relaxin is released by the placenta. Relaxin relaxes or loosens the ligaments in the body. This allows the spinal lordosis to occur as well as loosening the joints of the hands, arms, ankles and knees. It is believed that relaxin softens the softens pubic symphysis which widens the pubic bone and helps in labor.
Lastly, pregnancy is often accompanied by swelling (edema) of the hands and feet, making it more difficult to grasp onto objects. Swelling in the hands of pregnant women can also lead to carpel tunnel syndrome, which can cause tingling and numbness in the hands.
So, what can you do to survive pregnancy induced clumsiness?