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Why don't pregnant women fall over?

Discussion in 'Break Room' started by NewsBot, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. NewsBot

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    CTV are reporting:
    Why pregnant women don't topple: study
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    Here is the link to a news story from Nature.
  3. DAVOhorn

    DAVOhorn Well-Known Member

    I thought you just had to push them harder.:drinks

    Or obviously not trying hard enough.:rolleyes:

    Does this also explain why women seek to wear high heeled shoes, and dont fall over?:bash:

    They still bugger up their feet wearing them.:butcher:

    I would rather women had pretty feet than so called pretty shoes.

    Regards david
  4. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Aha but DAVO',

    (nasty man by the way for pushin em harder!! ) Tsk @ you :mad:

    But.... If all patients (even pretty footed gals in oh so sensible shoes) were 100% compliant, wtf would we all do???!!

    Granted not all foot type probs are footwear linked but heavs above man a decent percentage of those that are, are helpin to pay the mortgage. :rolleyes:
  5. Another ridiculous "science" story: Why don't pregnant topple over? Because their ankle joint range of motion allows the individual to regulate their center of mass over the base of support that their plantar feet offer......why is this so hard to understand......is this a scientific breakthrough????
  6. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member


    Isn't joint laxity increased in pregnancy?

    Just a thought. :empathy:

    Or are you being ironic?

    May be nonsense?

    Much Regards
  7. There is likely increased ligamentous compliance during the last trimester of pregnancy due to the hormone, relaxin. However, this really has nothing to do with the ability of a bipedal human to hold their center of mass over their feet to maintain balance during weightbearing activities. The human body has a remarkable mechanism known as "balance" that allows us to prevent falls by keeping our center of mass over our feet during standing and to allow us to balance our center of mass elegantly over our feet during a variety of weightbearing activities. To pin this mechanism down to a vertebral matter, is just missing the big picture of how the body works, in my opinion.
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  9. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    To the best of my knowledge the term 'miscarry" has no actual anatomical/ gynacological meaning and was first used to describe pregnant women who fell over their ankles when wearing chopans (platform shoes in the 17th century). So many woman lost babies from falling, the platform shoes were banned by law in several Italian City States because of its association with miscarriage.'

    Ironically shoemakers were encouraged to keep the power dressing aspect in women's costume and bored out the ball of the platform creating the first 'stable' shoe, with heels. Catherine di Medici wore the first heeled mules and the fashio caught on. After her death heeled shoes for fashionable women became passe.

  10. DAVOhorn

    DAVOhorn Well-Known Member

    #Dear Twirly,

    When in the UK i used to give talks on behalf of the NHS and my Private Practice.

    I used to give basically the same talk except for one important point.


    The wearing of suitable footwear is an essential part of your t/t plan and failure to comply would lead to discharge.:(

    Private Practice:

    The wearing of fashion high heeled shoes is not encouraged however we would be very pleased to see you on a regular basis in order to keep you comfy. Have you tried 6" heels they really are loverly and show off your legs beautifully. Yes we can see you every 3-4 weeks in fact we would be delighted.:butcher::drinks

    Is the contrast ethical???

    In NHS we had waiting lists get em in and get em out is the philosophy.

    In P/P you want them right up until the funeral.;)

    So mortgage payment is an important part of any t/t plan.

    regards David:drinks:santa:
  11. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Kevin is, of course, right. Although the vertebrae may have evolved differently in females, do men fall over when they carry a 112lb/50 kilo sack of cement? No; and it has nothing to do with vertebrae and everything to do with ankle joint/subtalar motion. In our world it is described as compensation Ms Shapiro. Perhaps when you are next pregnant you might note that you will lean backwards!

    Bill Liggins


    When in England, if you hear the sound of hoofbeats, think horse, not zebra
  12. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Thank you David,

    Couldn't agree more. (only 18 years left on my mortgage)

    Happy days :drinks
  13. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    He is about to go on leave due to the impending arrival of Baby Bird.
  14. Don ESWT

    Don ESWT Active Member

    :dizzy:The really big question is 'HOW DOES A WOMAN FALL PREGNANT":confused: and why would she. As a bloke it really hurt when you fall over.:bash: So watch out girls because if you fall over you will get pregnant.

    Oh our silly English phrases:butcher:

  15. LouiseMesser

    LouiseMesser Welcome New Poster

    When I read this discussion, I felt compelled to post. The idea of women not toppling over when pregnant seems ridiculous. As many pointed out, many overweight men do not topple over either.

    Does anyone think this is real science?
  16. Moose

    Moose Active Member

    I had assumed that this is why pregnant women get constipated. Just to balance things out a bit.....:D
  17. NewsBot

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    Static Postural Stability in Women during and after Pregnancy: A Prospective Longitudinal Study.
    Opala-Berdzik A, Błaszczyk JW, Bacik B, Cieślińska-Świder J, Świder D, Sobota G, Markiewicz A
    PLoS One. 2015 Jun 8;10(6):e0124207. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124207.
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    Differences in trunk control between early and late pregnancy during gait
    Ryuichi Sawa, Takehiko Doi, Tsuyoshi Asai, Kaori Watanabe, Takeshi Taniguchi, Rei Ono
    Gait and Posture; Article in Press
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    Changes in segmental mass and inertia during pregnancy: A musculoskeletal model of the pregnant woman
    Gait & Posture; Volume 76, February 2020, Pages 389-395

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