Thursday, 21 March 2013

What to expect: Week 19

This week we are focussing on posture during pregnancy. As your bump is getting bigger each week you may find that you are getting backache but good posture can help to minimise pregnancy discomfort.

Good pregnancy posture is not dissimilar to good basic posture for a non-pregnant person, however, pregnancy is a good time to correct poor posture if you haven’t done so before becoming pregnant.

When pregnant you have to become more deliberate in your movements than you have been used to pre-pregnancy. Bad posture is a common problem in pregnancy as carrying extra weight puts additional strain on your back and joints. The worst case scenario is that you can cause long-term damage to your back; however you can prevent this by correcting your posture before this happens.

Here are a few tips for improving your posture:

1. When standing tuck in your chin, lift your shoulders and tuck in your stomach and bottom. Try to distribute your weight evenly on both legs.

2, When getting out of bed try to rise slowly to avoid that dizzy feeling. Roll onto your side and use your arms to push yourself into a sitting position. Swing your legs over to the side of the bed and put your feet on the ground. Use your arms to push your body up to a standing position.

3.  If you have to lift anything heavy always bend at the knees and not at the hips, keep your back straight and lift by straightening your legs. When carrying heavy bags divide the weight equally between both hands. If you are unsure of any strains or pains get help.

A few changes now can make a huge difference and make your pregnancy more comfortable, especially in the later stages. 

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