A tilted uterus or retroverted uterus is a condition that affects one in five women. Although it sounds scary, it doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant, but it can cause pain and make your delivery harder. It’s something you should be aware of, so you can prepare for it accordingly.
This guide will help you get to know the cause of your tilted uterus, ways to take good care of your body and have a healthier, pain-free pregnancy.
Symptoms That Women with a Tilted Uterus Face
There are many symptoms that indicate that you have a tilted uterus. You won’t know that you have one until you become pregnant. Even then, it can be difficult to determine whether it’s the problem that you’re having until after the first trimester is over.
- Back pain is a common symptom of any pregnancy, but it’s also a sign that the uterus is tilted.
- Having a hard time peeing is another problem for some women. The bladder doesn’t empty properly because the uterus is angled in a way that prevents successful urination.
- Ultrasounds are also problematic because the baby isn’t where he or she should be in your abdomen.
The doctor may need to do a transvaginal ultrasound opposed to a trans-abdominal ultrasound. This allows them to get a look at the baby after inserting an ultrasound wand into your vagina.
Risk Factors Pregnant Women Should Be Aware Of
Knowing what to expect if you are diagnosed with a tilted uterus helps you take better care of yourself. That way, you don’t experience symptoms unexpectedly or allow the condition to worsen and cause other problems to occur. Being empowered with knowledge allows you to make healthcare decisions on your own, based on how your body looks and feels, opposed to having someone make them for you.
Some of the risk factors that are of most concern to pregnant women are:
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Increased Bacteria
- Back Labor
- Delivery Difficulties
- An Incarcerated Uterus
The last three risks on the list happen seldom but you should be aware of them. The uterus will eventually settle after you’ve given birth so there isn’t long-term damage. It shouldn’t affect your ability to get pregnant again at a future date.
Awareness and Precautionary Measures Count Double During Pregnancy
As with any other health concerns, awareness is key. You know your body better than anyone else does. That’s why it’s important to listen to its cues and to alert your doctor to any changes that you feel or notice while pregnant.
Preventative measures keep a minor medical condition from worsening. It also helps alleviate any fears that you might have about giving birth. Your primary care physician and OBGYN are great resources that you have access to before, during, and after your pregnancy, so don’t hesitate to ask for their advice and recommendations.
Comfortability is key during all stages of pregnancy.
Bellefit offers many products that help provide support to the back and abdomen during and after pregnancy. Prenatal support options include our Prenatal Cami and Prenatal Support Panty which are made from materials that stretch and breathe.