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.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
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.
Amy Darcy | Eat Pray Workout
'When it comes to holding a good posture, there are two helpful cues I think of: 1. Pull your sternum up to the roof (generally the rest of your body can't help but then follow into alignment); and 2. Keep your shoulder blades back and pulled down - like you're trying to tuck them into your back pockets! It's easy to hunch over when you're pregnant because suddenly your breasts are bigger or that's what we might instinctively do to hide a bloated tummy - but gorgeous Mama's sit up tall and embrace that bump, everyone loves it. Finding a studio or physio that offers Pilates for pregnant women is also a great way to keep your core strong safely during pregnancy which will also assist in maintaining good posture.” Find out more about Eat Pray Workout by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
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.
MyDeal Pro Tip:
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 in your joints.
Calli De La Haye | Kalimukti
“Yoga! That's how to improve and maintain good posture during pregnancy. I am mum of one and ttc at the moment, I'm a yoga teacher and I teach pre- and post- Natal yoga, I also practised throughout my own pregnancy and for my postnatal recovery. Yoga helps to keep you tuned in to your centre of gravity, this changes as your pregnancy develops. It strengthens the back and pelvic floor as well as keeping mobility of the pelvis during those mid to late months when everything feels heavy. Understanding the changes in the body and developing good postural awareness with yoga through the poses as well as breathing techniques to encourage fuller, deeper breathing will strengthen the mind-body connection.” Find out more about Kalimukti by following them on Facebook and Instagram.