Question: I am 4 month pregnant, 29 years of age, weight 62Kgs and physically handicapped. My left leg has polio attack and is 2.5″ smaller compared to right leg. So I walk in a slightly inclined position may be 30 degree and use left hand to push left leg. This is my first baby. Since last 1 month while walking I’m getting heavy pain in left leg and left stomach joint. If I don’t walk there is no pain. What are the reasons for this joint pain and will it create any problem for my baby.
Don’t worry. The symptoms that you have presented are common and inevitable consequences of your disability. Some reasons for the pain in the joint area are,
- Short left leg is putting strain on the left pelvic joint. This have over the period of several years resulted in friction and degeneration of tissues around the joint.
- During pregnancy your abdominal muscles and ligaments get stretched. This causes pain in and around your lower abdomen.
- In later months of pregnancy, the protruding abdomen and increase in weight causes an imbalance in the centre of gravity. Further, your disability doesn’t allow the weight to be distributed proportionately to both your limbs. This is putting excessive strain on your disabled left leg causing undue pain in the left pelvic joint.
Treatment for Pregnancy Joint Pain:
Measures that you need to take to reduce joint pain:
- Considering your disability, it is recommended that you walk only when it is absolutely essential.
- Take calcium and iron supplements, as pregnant mothers are known to suffer from calcium and iron deficiencies. Consume milk and milk products, egg, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetables which are rich in iron and calcium and other micronutrients.
- Use a walker to support you especially with your disability while walking. This will avoid strain on your disabled leg and reduce the feeling of pain.
- Avoid taking pain killers unless absolutely essential.