Does Climbing Stairs During Pregnancy Hurt Anything?

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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