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Why you waddle during pregnancy

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A woman's body undergoes many changes throughout pregnancy and these changes are unavoidable no matter how hard you try to avoid them. When you're in your third semester, you might notice that you start walking like a penguin. Pregnancy waddle is a common pregnancy symptom that isn't just a myth. It affects the majority of pregnant women.

Pregnancy is such a special and wonderful time in a woman's life. However, because every pregnancy is unique, some women may encounter circumstances that make their pregnancy more challenging than others. Waddling is one of those conditions that should not be overlooked.

Here are reasons why you waddle during pregnancy

1 Hormone

In your second trimester of pregnancy, your body begins to produce a hormone called relaxin. This hormone is in charge of relaxing the ligaments and joints of your pelvis making labor and delivery simpler and faster, but it can also make walking more difficult becomes sometimes the joints become too relaxed.

2 Shift in gravity

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When you're pregnant, your belly expands causing your gravity center to shift making it difficult for you to maintain your balance when walking. Your spine and pelvis continue to bend in as your stomach grows larger providing support for your expanding belly which makes you lean back slightly every time you walk.

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