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Why do I feel weak in the knees and generally unstable while pregnant?

Why do I feel weak in the knees and generally unstable while pregnant?

Relaxin: Relaxin is a hormone that is released in pregnancy. It relaxes the connective tissue in your joints. This makes them looser and makes you more unstable when you walk or exercise. Relaxin is the reason pregnant women waddle. It is also the reason pregnant women are more likely to dislocate their joints. Take things slowly and use extra support when pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Sometimes my knee feels unstable and weak. When I sit down, I can feel it beating and sometimes it feels like it is twitching. What is happening?

Sometimes my knee feels unstable and weak. When I sit down, I can feel it beating and sometimes it feels like it is twitching. What is happening?

Workup/follow up: It could be a number of conditions. If you have any swelling, are unable to bear wt on that side, you should see an orthopedic specialist. If there is any numbness, tingling, weakness of the leg, a neurology appt may help to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Had lateral release 2 weeks ago, knee still swollen painful & feels weak & unstable will this improve what if it stays unstable what will they do?

Had lateral release  2 weeks ago, knee still swollen painful & feels weak & unstable will this improve what if it stays unstable what will they do?

Ask your surgeon: Best one to really answer the questions is the one who fixed the knee. You could have an infection, or be bearing too much weight on it or be too active too soon which could explain the problems. This does need evaluating. If the knee is truly not stable, further repair will be needed to correct this problem ...Read more

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I slightly twisted my knee and heard a pop. There was no pain, no swelling. I could walk, put weight, although felt weak/unstable?

I slightly twisted my knee and heard a pop. There was no pain, no swelling. I could walk, put weight, although felt weak/unstable?

May need to see MD: Usually pops have to do with abnormal movement or tears of cartilage. In the knee this could involve ligaments, tendons or the meniscus. It is good that there is no pain or swelling but if your knee feels unstable then use an elastic bandage like a Ace wrap to improve stability and see your doctor if this does not improve in a few days. ...Read more

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Hypertension of my right knee a few yrs ago, now when I over do my exercise it feels very heavy,tight, weak,and unstable. ?

Hypertension of my right knee a few yrs ago, now when I over do my exercise it feels very heavy,tight, weak,and unstable.  ?

Knee pain: Suspect you mean hyperextension not hypertension. I specialize in hypertension for 50 years but never heard of hypertension of the knee. Send more details. ...Read more

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Can i get a knee scope while 2 months pregnant?

Can i get a knee scope while  2 months pregnant?

Not ideal: It is not recommended. There are occasions when general anesthesia is used during pregnancy, but we know it puts baby to sleep the same way it puts mom to sleep. So, we try to avoid any elective surgery cases during pregnancy. I would suggest waiting to have your knee scope done after you deliver. ...Read more