Pregnancy is a beautiful experience but is accompanied with a whole lot of discomforts, aches and pains. Due to various factors like changed hormonal levels, increased blood supply and increased weight, the body becomes more susceptible to injury, aches and even serious ailments. Knee pain during pregnancy is a real threat and can range from being a mild discomfort to very painful. Knee pain is to be expected due to the increased pressure that the joint handles due to the increased weight. Add to it the effects of relaxin hormone which doesn’t only loosen the pelvic bone but also other joints, putting more pressure on them.
Things to know
Not much can be done about the knee pain that develops during pregnancy. All you can do is grin and bear it along with all the other stuff. In case the pain is difficult to bear, you may opt for really mild over the counter analgesics, preferably recommended by the caregiver. The knee pain usually subsides after childbirth, faster if the mother is breast-feeding.
Things to do
There are a few things though that can help reduce the incidence and effects of knee pain. The most important is to avoid gaining extra weight. One needs to gain weight during the pregnancy but keeping it at the optimum level puts minimum pressure on the knees. Use well cushioned shoes, when exercising, walking or even standing for long periods. Get off your feet and put them up as often as you can. Opt for low impact exercises that put minimum stress on your knees. You can also opt for a knee brace to help support your knees.
Do not be in a hurry to get rid of the knee pain developed during pregnancy. It can take as long as three months to get back to normal. Take it easy after the baby arrives and as much as possible keep pressure off your knees.