The abc of good pregnancy posture
Lying on your side in the comfort of your own home is definitely a most appealing pose to spend the next 9 months. Realistically this is probably not a viable option so let’s keep it real. Take a deep breath and start taking notes. Your post-pregnancy body will love you for it.
Standing – lift your shoulders tuck in your chin & stomach. Keep these muscles strong & distribute your body weight evenly on both legs.
Getting out of bed – while still lying flat, roll onto your side, use your arms to push yourself up to a sitting position and rise slowly. Swing your legs over the side of the bed and plant your feet firmly on the ground. Use your arms to leverage yourself up to standing position.
Sitting – sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair. For extra support use a cushion at the curve of your spine.
Sleeping and lying down – avoid lying on your back as this causes added pressure on your heart, the babies weight causes added discomfort. Sleep in a position that helps you maintain the curve in your back on your side with your knees slightly bent.
Driving Position During Pregnancy – Your knees should be at the same level or lower than your hips. Your belly should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel, if possible this depends upon your height, use a back support at the curve of your back for extra comfort. Place the lap belt under your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible and across your upper thighs. Never place the belt above your abdomen. Place the shoulder belt between your breasts. Adjust the shoulder and lap belts as snug as possible.