posture in pregnancy

Posture in Pregnancy: Do’s & Don’ts

Posture is the position in which you hold your body while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture during pregnancy involves training your body to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on your back.

As your pregnancy progresses, everyday activities such as sitting and standing can become uncomfortable. Following good postures and regular pregnancy exercises (supervised by an expert) could help you avoid certain common aches and pain related to increasing baby bump. Here are few do’s and don’ts that will help you improve your posture during pregnancy and keep your body happy.

Do’s

  • Irrespective of what your doing – cooking or working on a desk, remember to take a break every few hours
  • Take a longer meal break every four hours
  • Vary work positions continuously, from sitting to standing and walking.
  • While sitting – use small pillow or cushion to provide extra support for your back
  • Keep your hips and knees at a right angle when sitting (use a foot rest or stool, if needed). Your feet should be flat on the floor. (See this video to understand good posture for sitting: Good posture)
  • While sitting, Point your feet in the same direction, with weight balanced evenly on both feet
  • Sleep on your left side with knees slightly bent with a pillow between your knees
  • Try simple stretches or any sort of movements to keep the blood flowing. (Contact a ReLivaTM expert for a customized stretching program as per your stage of pregnancy)
  • Try to practice relaxation techniques for stress free pregnancy. Learn more : FabMoms
  • If you have to, then use both your hands to lift a weight.
  • Even when you’re lifting something light, proper form can spare your back. Bend at your knees, not your waist. Keep the load close to your body, lifting with your legs — not your back.
  • While standing, hold your head up straight with your chin in. Keep shoulder blades back and your chest forward, knees straight, buttocks tucked in.

 

Posture in Pregnancy: Incorrect & correct

Don’ts

  • Avoid prolonged standing.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 mins
  • Avoid crossing the leg while sitting
  • Avoid sitting in lounging position or chair
  • Don’t worry about frequent urination due to drinking plenty of fluids. It only gives you extra chance to change your position and move around.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach
  • Minimise heavy lifting, climbing or carrying.
  • Avoid bending from waist. Only bend your knees while lifting
  • Avoid twisting your body while lifting
  • Do not wear high heels. The arches of your feet should be supported with low-heeled (but not flat) shoes to prevent stress on your back

Expecting moms who have participated in FAB Moms, a Prenatal Exercise Program have often reported lesser pregnancy related pains. To learn more about FAB Moms, click here.

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Pregnancy related Common Aches & Pains

Pregnancy causes many changes in the body – Physical, chemical as well as emotional. These changes are generally influenced by sudden and dramatic increase in hormone levels, especially Oestrogen, Progesterone and Relaxin.  Physical changes due to weight-gain can put a considerable strain on your musculo-skeletal system. The increase in weight along with the hormone named Relaxin, puts enormous stress on our joints, ligaments and other tissues of the body. In addition, repetitive daily activities and being in one position for too long can further aggravate pain.

If Relaxin is the reason our ligaments become laxed, then why does our body secrete it during pregnancy? Relaxin prepares the pelvic floor muscles and the pelvic ring for child birth. It allows the ligaments around the pelvis to relax. But along with pelvic ligaments, it also acts on the ligaments throughout the body, thus increasing general flexibility. Although increased in flexibility sounds promising, ligaments are responsible for stabilising our joints, therefore lax ligaments also mean relatively unstable joints.

Pregnancy and Pain

Common Aches & Pains related to Pregnancy   

A. SI Joint Pain

Sacroiliac Joint Pain occurs on one side of your low back where the dimples appear. This is where the sacrum and the ilium (bone of the pelvis) meet. Relaxin hormone weakens ligaments so the birth canal widens for delivery. Often, the ligaments become too loose and overstretched. This leads to an unstable pelvis which may feel “wobbly”. The tissues often become pinched in the joint which can create sharp or deep pain. The joint may throb for hours due to swollen, irritated tissues. Read more : SI Joint Pain in Pregnancy

B. Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is leg pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a tense buttock muscle. It often occurs in conjunction with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

C. Back pain

Back pain in pregnancy has many possible causes. It usually is caused by strain on the back muscles. In mid pregnancy, when uterus becomes heavier, it changes center of gravity. Most women begin to lean backward in the later months of pregnancy – making their back muscles work harder. Weakness of the abdominal muscles can also cause back pain. The abdominal muscles normally support the spine and play an important role in the health of the back. Relaxing over stretches these muscles and can also make one more prone to injury while exercising. Read more : Back Pain

Dealing with these Aches & Pains

Most of the common discomforts and aches & pains associated with pregnancy can be dealt easily by 3 simple non-medicinal ways:

You can join ReLivaTM FabMoms program and learn to deal with these aches & pains in an easy and fun way. Our Experts can design a customized one-on-one Antenatal Fitness plan for your requirement and supervise you on your way to be a FAB Mom or you may join a more fun setting for antenatal fitness in Group Therapy.

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Posture in Pregnancy: Do’s & Don’ts
Happy & Fit Pregnancy ; Back to Shape afterwards
SI Pain & Pregnancy Tips
Infographic on Why Exercise while Pregnant

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