During pregnancy, various physical changes occur in a woman’s body. This is because the body is trying to adapt to support the development of your little one in the womb, Mother.
As a result, mothers will experience more complaints such as nausea, vomiting and swollen feet. Apart from these complaints, did you know that pregnancy can affect bone health and even cause osteoporosis?
Not only pregnancy, breastfeeding can also increase the risk of osteoporosis. Why do you think this could happen? Read this article to the end to find out the answer.
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The relationship between osteoporosis and pregnancy & breastfeeding
Reporting from the London Osteoporosis Clinic, during pregnancy a woman will generally experience a decrease in bone strength by 5 percent. This decrease is not too much and can gradually improve after giving birth and breastfeeding.
However, often a decrease in bone strength can be quite disturbing for pregnant women and cause difficulties for mothers to carry out activities. If this decrease in bone strength is not treated properly, it will increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis itself is a condition when the bones become weak and brittle, this health problem is generally experienced by the elderly. However, it is possible that young people can also feel it, Mother.
Apart from being pregnant, the risk of osteoporosis can also increase even more when mothers breastfeed their little ones. Just like during pregnancy, a woman’s body will experience a decrease in bone mass by 5 percent every 6 months when breastfeeding.
This is because when breastfeeding, mothers have to produce breast milk continuously. As a result, the need for calcium will increase and if not balanced it will affect bone health.
Please remember that this reduction rate may be different if you have a history of bone fractures before pregnancy or other health problems that can cause bone strength to decrease. This decrease in bone strength during pregnancy and breastfeeding needs to be considered so that it does not continue to become a long-term health problem.
So, how can you maintain healthy bones during pregnancy and breastfeeding so that the risk of osteoporosis can be reduced? Check out the next page for more complete information, Mother.
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