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What Causes Clumsiness in Pregnancy?

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

What Causes Clumsiness in Pregnancy?

Have you noticed that you're becoming clumsier as your pregnancy continues?

You may find that anything in your hand immediately drops to the ground, or you have a harder time holding onto items. It's also common for you to accidentally bump into door frames and cabinets around the house.

Clumsiness in pregnancy is a normal symptom to expect. and it's no wonder when you realize everything that's going on in your body.

Clumsiness is normal and it's caused by a number of factors. For one, you are lugging around much more weight than normal. For most women, by the time they have their baby, they have gained 35 pounds or more. The recommended weight gain for the average sized woman is only 25 to 35 pounds, but many women gain way more than this.

During pregnancy why are you more Clumsy?

On top of your pregnancy weight gain, you tend to be clumsier due to your "pregnancy brain" making it harder for you to concentrate on anything. Your center of gravity also changes in pregnancy, as a result of your growing belly, and this can contribute to clumsiness in pregnancy.

Plus, pregnancy hormones relax all the joints in your body – including the joints in your toes and fingers. You just don't have the dexterity or balance that you used to have. Not to worry – you will go back to feeling less clumsy after your baby is delivered.

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Can You Prevent Clumsiness in Pregnancy?

No, there is nothing you can do to prevent clumsiness in the second and third trimesters. It is a normal pregnancy symptom. However, you can take measures to protect yourself from falling and hurting yourself.

For example, you will want to avoid any situations where you have a high risk of falling, such as standing on a ladder, rock climbing, roller skating, riding on a moving bicycle, and other activities. (It's not recommended that pregnant women perform any activities or exercises that put them at risk for falls.)

In addition, you can further protect yourself from falls by wearing flat, comfortable shoes. You'll want to put away the high heels for now. Make sure that you take it slow whenever you are near wet, icy, or uneven surfaces. Always use handrails if they are available.

When to Call the Doctor

Clumsiness is normal, and it's often a byproduct of carrying a growing baby inside your womb. However, if you feel clumsy, along with other troublesome symptoms, like dizziness or lightheadedness, blurred vision, headache, or any pain at all, call your doctor immediately. Sometimes, clumsiness is a product of a virus or infection.


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