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The children of impoverished parents are often born underweight and are less resistant to disease; they grow up under conditions that impair their intellectual capacity for the whole of their life. Health systems On the health systems level, the approach aims at improving not only the access to, but also the quality of essential and emergency care. They need adequate time to give birth, to recover from delivery process, and to nurse their children. The PRSP should state the development priorities and specify the policies, programmes and resources needed to meet the goals. Poor posture occurs naturally from the stretching of the woman's abdominal muscles as the fetus grows. Source Demographic and Health Surveys. If natural selection has acted on the lumbar region of Homo sapiens to create this sexual dimorphism, then this sort of trait should also be apparent in the genus Australopithecus , hominins that have been known to be habitually bipedal for at least 2 million years after the earliest bipedal hominins.
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The pelvis tilts and the back arches to help keep balance. Poor posture occurs naturally from the stretching of the woman's abdominal muscles as the fetus grows. These muscles are less able to contract and keep the lower back in proper alignment. The pregnant woman has a different pattern of gait. The step lengthens as the pregnancy progresses, due to weight gain and changes in posture.
On average, a woman's foot can grow by a half size or more during pregnancy. In addition, the increased body weight of pregnancy, fluid retention, and weight gain lowers the arches of the foot, further adding to the foot's length and width.
The influences of increased hormones such as estrogen and relaxin initiate the remodeling of soft tissues, cartilage and ligaments. Certain skeletal joints such as the pubic symphysis and sacroiliac widen or have increased laxity. The addition of mass, particularly around the torso , naturally changes a pregnant mother's center of mass COM.
The change in COM requires pregnant mothers to adjust their bodies to maintain balance. To positionally compensate the additional load due to the pregnancy, pregnant mothers often extend their lower backs.
As the fetal load increases, women tend to arch their lower backs, specifically in the lumbar region of their vertebral column to maintain postural stability and balance. The arching of the lumbar region is known as lumbar lordosis , which recovers the center of mass into a stable position by reducing hip torque. According to a study conducted by Whitcome, et al. Postpartum, the angle of the lordosis declines and can reach the angle prior to pregnancy.
Unfortunately, while lumbar lordosis reduces hip torque, it also exacerbates spinal shearing load,  which may be the cause for the common lower back pain experienced by pregnant women. Given the demands of fetal loading during pregnancy and the importance of producing offspring to the fitness of human beings , one can imagine that natural selection has had a role in selecting a unique anatomy for the lumbar region in females.
It turns out that there are sex differences in the lumbar vertebral column of human males and females, which ultimately helps mitigate some of the discomfort due to the fetal load in females.
There are 5 vertebrae in the lumbar region for both males and females. However, the 3 lower vertebrae of a female's lumbar region are dorsally wedged while for males, only the lower 2 of the lumbar region are dorsally wedged. When a female arches her lower back, such as during fetal loading, having an extra dorsally wedged vertebra lessens the shearing force.
This lumbar sexual dimorphism in humans suggests high natural selection pressures have been acting to improve maternal performance in posture and locomotion during pregnancy. If natural selection has acted on the lumbar region of Homo sapiens to create this sexual dimorphism, then this sort of trait should also be apparent in the genus Australopithecus , hominins that have been known to be habitually bipedal for at least 2 million years after the earliest bipedal hominins.
Currently there are 2 nearly complete australopith lumbar segments; one has three dorsally wedged vertebrae in the lumbar region while the other has two. An explanation for these findings is that the first one is a female, while the latter is a male.
This sort of evidence supports the notion that natural selection has played a dimorphic role in designing the anatomy of the vertebral lumbar region. The weight added during the progression of pregnancy also affects the ability to maintain balance.
Pregnant women have a decreased perception of balance during quiet standing, which is confirmed by an increase in anterior-posterior front to back sway. To compensate for the decrease in balance stability both actual and perceived , stance width increases to maintain postural stability. Under dynamic postural stability , which can be defined as the response to anterior front and posterior back translation perturbations, the effects of pregnancy are different. Initial sway , total sway , and sway velocity see figure for description of variables are significantly less during the third trimester than during the second trimester and when compared to non-pregnant women.
These biomechanical characteristics are possible reasons why falls are more prevalent during the second trimester during pregnancy. Additionally, the time it takes for pregnant women any stage of pregnancy to react to a translational disturbance is not significantly different than that of non-pregnant women. However, research has shown that the forward gait alone remains unchanged during pregnancy.
It has been found that gait parameters such as gait kinematics , velocity , stride length, and cadence remain unchanged during the third trimester of pregnancy and 1 year after delivery. These parameters suggest that there is no change in forward movement. There is, though, a significant increases in kinetic gait parameters, which may be used to explain how gait motion remains relatively unchanged despite increase in body mass, width and changes in mass distribution about the waist during pregnancy.
These kinetic gait parameters suggest an increased use of hip abductor , hip extensor , and ankle plantar flexor muscle groups. To compensate for these gait deviations , pregnant women often make adaptations that can result in musculoskeletal injuries.
While the idea of "waddling" cannot be dispensed, these results suggest that exercise and conditioning may help relieve these injuries. There are many physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy that influence respiratory status and function.
This causes the maternal kidneys to excrete bicarbonate to compensate for this change in pH. The combined effect of the decreased serum concentrations of both carbon dioxide and bicarbonate leads to a slight overall increase in blood pH to 7. If an arterial blood gas ABG specimen is drawn on a pregnant person, it would therefore reveal respiratory alkalosis from the decrease in serum carbon dioxide mediated by the lungs with a compensatory metabolic acidosis from the decrease in serum bicarbonate mediated by the kidneys.
As the uterus and fetus continue to enlarge over time, the diaphragm progressively becomes more upwardly displaced. This causes less space to be available for lung expansion in the chest cavity, and leads to a decrease in expiratory reserve volume and residual volume. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Immune tolerance in pregnancy. Diabetes in Pregnancy, Medscape".
Greenspan's Basic and Clinical Endocrinology. Overview of Physiologic Changes of Pregnancy". Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine. Retrieved 16 November Archived from the original on 1 December Retrieved 24 November American Journal of Human Biology. Booking first antenatal visit, usually early in pregnancy.
CVP central venous pressure. FHR fetal heart rate. HELLP haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets. HBPM home blood pressure monitoring. HDP hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. IUGR intrauterine growth restriction. LMWH low molecular weight heparin.
MgSO 4 magnesium sulfate. NICU neonatal intensive care unit.