Pregnancy affects the posture of women not only due to the size and weight of the baby but also due to the pregnancy. This is why a lot of the time women develop a bad posture that can hurt their back during pregnancy and even after pregnancy. Therefore, it is very important that women take care of their back position as they start to gain weight due to being pregnant.
Ways you can improve your posture during pregnancy:
There are a few ways you can correct the posture during pregnancy and they all have to do with the habits you adopt during the 9 months. The best way to fix bad posture is to prevent it in the first place, what is meant by this is to work out regularly before you start to develop your baby. However, you should be careful when it comes to types of training. Anything too intense can do more harm than good, but the important thing to remember is to stay active. Practice good posture cues and make it a habit to always keep your posture perfect.
It might actually be harder to have good posture when you’re already 7 months in because it’ll be hard to make significant changes. Moreover, the abdominal muscles can develop other issues such as weakness due to overstretching because of the forward weight, not to mention, the lower back joints can also suffer due to the long term stress. However, you should always try to practice these cues:
- Keep your head in a neutral position at all times, not too far forward and not reclined.
- Keep your chest up and forward at all times
- Make some space for your knees when it’s not too wide, but not too close
- Don’t stay in the same position for too long as it may have adverse effects on your joints
- Start your day slow and don’t do anything too hard too fast or abruptly
- Keep your knees and feet in the same alignment
- Use a small pillow between your legs while sleeping
- Keep your shoulders straight using the pregnancy pillow
What causes pregnant posture?
There are a lot of things that might affect the pregnancy posture and most of them are quite difficult, pregnancy, after all, is a demanding task where not only do you need to be worried about the health of your baby but also your own health in the long term. Generally speaking, the bad posture habits that are developed during pregnancy are usually due to early bad habits often caused by pain. Therefore, make sure that you enforce any kind of good habits such as keeping your shoulders back and straight.
Pregnancy is definitely a physically and mentally demanding time. Bad posture can develop from bad habits in the long run. However, there are a lot of good habits that need to be practiced such as sitting correctly, sleeping in the right position, and being generally mindful. Activity is good for this time, but it should not affect your health.