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Everything you should know about the correct posture during pregnancy

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There are so many things that you have to keep in mind while pregnant- your diet, what you eat, what you drink, even what you feel is important to your baby. One of the most important things to remember while pregnant is to maintain a good posture or a good position of sleeping, standing, and sitting. The pregnancy hormones can cause your ligaments and joints to soften which makes you even more susceptible to strain. You must properly learn the postures that would cause minimum strain on your back. Many pregnant women start to feel like they might ‘toppel’ at the later stages of their pregnancy. This can be helped if a proper posture is maintained. Here are some tips on maintaining the right posture during your pregnancy:

·       You must keep your shoulders back while your chest is forward and hold your head up straight. Keep your chin in and your knees straight.

·       You should keep your hips tucked in and avoid forward or backward tilting of the pelvis as much as possible.

·       You must also avoid standing in the same position for prolonged periods of time as this could cause strain on your back and could lead to injury.

·       You must remember to sit with adequate back support which should be placed at the pit of your back. You should also try to make sure that your body weight is evenly distributed on both feet and in case you are working or doing some work on your feet, try to alternate between the two so there is no unduly heavy pressure on any on the side.

·       For the course of your pregnancy, you might need to use the support of a stool, etc to rest your feet properly.

·       You must also try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than thirty minutes as this could lead to back muscle strain. If you experience back pain, limit your sitting time to fifteen or twenty minutes at the maximum.

·       For women who want to drive it is crucial to remember that the seat should be moved slightly, but not very close to the steering wheel so that your knees can bend for the maneuvering the pedals. You can maintain at least ten inches of distance between your stomach and the steering wheel.

·       You must try to avoid lifting or shifting of heavy objects as this could seriously injure you and your baby. If you must, remember to bend your knees and never your waist while bending down to pick something up. Also, the feet should be spread wide apart before bending.

The understanding of the correct techniques of these postures is useful as they can ensure that your baby is safe and you face no injuries while doing any task.

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