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Why is my muscle tone changing during pregnancy?

Why is my muscle tone changing during pregnancy?

Very common: The demands of pregnancy will alter body composition and muscle tone. Elevated Progesterone is one main culprit. Increase in appetite, a change in metabolism, and increase in weight are common to support the demands of your growing baby. Fat storage will also increase. Don't be discouraged, keep up a level of physical activity, and you will be amazed with the changes expected after you deliver. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Could you have a chest muscle pull during pregnancy?

Could you have a chest muscle pull during pregnancy?

Yes: Sure, it's quite possible. It's a painful process and you could easily strain a muscle in your chest wall. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pull a muscle in the stomach during pregnancy?

Is it possible to pull a muscle in the stomach during pregnancy?

Yes: It is possible for a pregnant woman to "pull" one of the long strap-like abdominal wall muscles. If unclear if labor or if it occurs because of a fall, she should notify her physician especially if she has vaginal bleeding, a discharge, cramping or change in pain or fetal movement. The fetus is usually safe surrounded by fluid in the amniotic sac but sometimes there are problems that are urgent. ...Read more

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Hello doctors good morning! If can I drinking muscles milk gainer for everyday during pregnancy?? Thanks?

Hello doctors good morning! If can I drinking muscles milk gainer for everyday during pregnancy?? Thanks?

Maybe: As long as you are not using muscle milk as a meal replacement and continuing to get adequate nutrition with real food from all five food groups with adequate calories needed for your pregnancy then the addition of muscle milk daily is fine. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

Yes: Isometric muscle contractions prevent atrophy and can be done for most muscle groups. But ask your OB for their recommendations for any other exercises for your specific pregnancy issues. ...Read more

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Feeling lile I have a pulled muscle in my lower abdomen during pregnancy? Concern?

Feeling lile I have a pulled muscle in my lower abdomen during pregnancy? Concern?

Muscular spasm: Pains are commonplace in pregnant bellies. However, persistent pain that's elicited by palpation may be caused by muscle spasms. This pain is aggravated by movement, standing and weight bearing. Maternity girdles may help with support and give your abdominal muscles a break. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there safe medical and non-medical treatment options for muscle pain during pregnancy?

Are there safe medical and non-medical treatment options for muscle pain during pregnancy?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) topical rub: Many OTC meds are safe in pregnancy, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) for muscle aches and pains. Topical rubs and patches (ben-gay, icy-hot) are also safe, which is considered very good news in the third trimester, when back and shoulder pain can really hurt! massage and, yes, heating pads are safe in pregnancy -- even a jacuzzi, as long as the temperature does not exceed that of a warm bath. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

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