Having an injury while pregnant can be a double jeopardy. Not only do you have to carry around extra weight but with a lower body injury carrying around a baby makes for a challenge. Now as tempting and easy as crutches can look they are difficult to use for pregnant women. Often causing slouching and bent posture this is not good for the baby. Even worse falls could potentially happen due to the unstable nature of crutches.
Therefore a much better option exists for women who are pregnant while nursing injuries to their lower extremities. A knee scooter can have very positive impacts for women who are pregnant, giving them the full mobility they need. Lets look at some of the benefits a knee scooter can provide and yes women who are pregnant can and should use this device to recover from an injury.
Benefits for pregnant women using knee walkers
The benefits for pregnant women using knee walkers can be very encouraging. While crutches do provide support, you are constantly trying to balance on them and much of the time it takes two crutches to assist with balance. The knee scooter gives you this freedom back by allowing you to stand in a more natural position and giving the individual full use of the hands when stopped. This can aid in picking things up or moving items around which makes life feel more normal. It is very difficult to try and do the same with crutches.
Tara from Franklin, Tennessee
"My knee walker made it possible for me to leave the house in a safe manor during my pregnancy for doctors appointments as well as overall sanity. As I grew in size with my pregnancy, crutches became more and more unsafe. The knee walker allowed me to safely leave my house as well as navigate around the inside of the house safely with two 70lbs dogs running round"
Maintaining mobility while pregnant is important. With a baby on the way the last thing you want to focus on is anything but the child. You can do chores on a knee walker something that is much more difficult to attain on crutches. Providing the stabilization necessary to do easy tasks like picking things up and moving them around the counter.
Maintains Good Posture
When you see people on knee walkers it almost appears that they are standing. This is because knee scooters increase the ability to maintain correct posture. Crutches force you to lean over and the aches and pains from them causing soreness and stiffness across the entire body. Maintaining the correct posture will allow a pregnant woman to feel more natural through the recovery process.
Crutches can be unstable and the last thing a pregnant woman wants is to fall. A knee walker offers better stability while doing even the simplest of household chores. Things like cleaning dishes, doing laundry, cooking and getting around the house are all made easier because of the simplistic feel of the walker. Range of motion will also vastly be improved as traversing over grass, gravel and dirt becomes much easier than crutches.
Emily from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
"36 weeks pregnant with a fractured tibia. Amazing! Life Saver! The Orthomate allowed me to continue working as a nurse practitioner and get my Christmas shopping done."
Smoother Ride for The Baby
The constant banging and clanking of crutches can be not only hard on the arms but difficult to log around a pregnant belly. The knee scooter offers a much smoother ride. By using the good leg to push, it makes for an overall much more comfortable experience. All that extra weight already makes tasks your used to more difficult, so why make it even harder? This alternative to crutches is a safe and proven way to help recovery.
Speed and Simple Use
While it takes twice or maybe three times as long to traverse the same distance on crutches as it does on a knee scooter it’s plain to see why the latter is the right choice. Propelled on 3, 4 or in The Swivelmate’s case sometimes 5 wheels are much better than none. Walking even short distances with crutches takes a lot of effort. While on the move the speed of which a knee scooter travels is inherently quicker and its ease of use saves vital energy for recovery. Saving energy is the key to having great physical therapy sessions which will also aid in getting back to normal to love your bundle of joy.
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Jennifer from Topeka, Kansas
"This picture was taken as part of a memory book I am putting together for my first child. My knee walker was a tremendous help during my recovery! I work with middle school students and being pregnant, it was difficult for me to get around with crutches. The knee walker as amazing!"
Knee Walkers Make You Happier
Pregnant women are happier when using knee scooters for recovery. They are a great conversation starter and the feeling of having independence is incredibly uplifting. Sure you could say “I’m going to let it get the best of me” but you don’t have to. There are incredible stories of women getting through their pregnancies despite a setback. It might seem like it’s the worst thing that could have possibly happened at the worst possible time, but it might be the best thing that could have happened. Out of all the pain which inevitably comes with an injury, there will come so much happiness from your newborn and that in itself will make all of the recovery efforts worth it.