Does Climbing Stairs During Pregnancy Hurt Anything?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Is it ok to walk up and down stairs? I was told that the umbilical cord can wrap around the baby's neck.

I'm 22 weeks pregnant, and I don't feel the baby move, is this normal?

Also, I have constipation, and when I have a bowel movement, there is a little bit of mucus when I wipe my behind. What is this?

ANSWER

Yes, stairs are great! It won't affect the umbilical cord.

The reason you are probably not feeling the baby move (assuming everything is ok at your visits) is that your placenta is in front, like a pillow between your baby and your sensors. This is fine, it doesn't really make any difference.

As for the constipation, you do need to get that corrected, preferably with diet, hydration and exercise, but with medication if necessary.

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.