During pregnancy, your body changes a heap. You’ll feel and see changes in your shape, your skin, mood, eating habits and pretty much everything else that your body is capable of doing. When you start to show, your joints, muscles and your bones may feel their absolute worst. Here’s how you can save your back and joints during pregnancy.
When You’re Sleeping
Pregnancy and sleeping don’t really go hand in hand. Not only are there rules and guidelines for safe sleeping positions, but the fact that you can’t get comfortable half the time doesn’t help much either. It is recommended that you sleep on your side, importantly, your left side. Sleeping on your back should be avoided, especially in the third trimester, as studies have shown that baby’s heartbeat is less active than when your side. Whilst sleeping, stay on your left side, with your legs bent and a pillow in between your knees. You should also get a mattress topper from MyDeal, as your body may need to adjust to a different contour that your original mattress has.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
If you’re an avid heel wearer (ahem, like me), you’ll probably want to keep your heels on forever. However, when you’re pregnant, wearing heels is not only uncomfortable, but it’s also unhealthy. You’re putting extra pressure on your body by balancing all your weight on the balls of your feet, which makes you even more likely to lean forward and makes you more susceptible to falling over. You’re also going to experience pain in your calves, experience more lower back pain than normal and it can also increase your chance of miscarrying. So, although you may want to wear those Louboutins all day every day, it’s probably best if you stick to your Birks.
Practice Good Posture
It’s easier said than done, I know. However, if you try and keep your back straight and your posture as good as possible, you’ll be less likely to experience back pain. Imagine a piece of string being pulled from the top of your head, making you sit up straight. If you’re at the office, try not to slouch and hunch over. In fact, get yourself an office chair online that is ideal for correcting posture, and is comfortable to sit in. Keeping good posture isn’t just beneficial for your pregnancy, but your overall health.
Try Not To Gain Too Much Weight
Again, easier said than done. However, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and try not to put on too much weight (but of course, putting on some weight during pregnancy is expected and healthy), it can make a huge difference for your joints and your overall spinal health. As you’re going to be pretty top heavy anyway with the growing baby, you’re already putting pressure on your joints, muscles and bones. So, if you add more weight than is healthy, you’re going to just add more pressure and it can add to the pain
Stretching, exercising and practising yoga can all reduce the pain you may experience whilst pregnant. Crouching on your hands and knees, and practising the cat stretch, (where you arch your back and then lower your back), whilst squeezing your pelvic muscles. Yoga is also a good way to reduce stress levels, reduce anxiety and it can even help you sleep.
Ally Feiam is the Marketing Assistant and Content Creator for MyDeal, an online marketplace with over 25,000 products.
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