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Why Is it Hard to Walk in Your Ninth Month of Pregnancy?

Challenges with walking and exercising are common during the ninth month of pregnancy, according to Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist, Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Miramar College in San Diego and pregnancy fitness educator. “From a physiological standpoint during the ninth month of pregnancy, the production of the hormone relaxin increases significantly, resulting in increased joint laxity to allow the pelvis to accommodate the growing uterus, yet at the same time this laxity also weakens some of the supporting structures/ligaments in the spine and weakens the lumbar spine’s ability to withstand shearing forces during movement,” says Matthews. To relieve some of the pressure on your joints, Matthews recommends aquatic exercises such as water aerobics.

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