As your baby bump changes size and shape you must learn to move without losing too much strength and energy so that you can prevent injury and avoid complications.
During the second trimester onwards there is increased pressure on the spine which could lead to back pain. Due to laxness of the ligaments there is also less stability of the vertebrae so it is important to bend down properly when picking things up from the floor.
GETTING UP FROM BED
Research has shown that sleeping on your side with even weight distribution is the most comfortable position to ensure a good night’s rest when you are pregnant. However, when it comes to rising and shining and getting out of bed, things can be a little tricky with your new shape.
HOW TO STAND UP CORRECTLY
Getting up from a seated position is one of the hardest things for a heavily pregnant woman to do.
Walking is highly recommended. It tones the legs, improves circulation and is great for preventing varicose veins. Choose shoes with thick soles, and no high heels!
Standing for long periods leads to blood pooling and swelling. Obviously sitting is first prize but if for some reason you have to stand here are some things you need to remember:
Changing your weight distribution, gently wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles will provide much relief.
REDUCING PAIN AND STIFFNESS
Growing a brand new person inside you is hard work, and it takes a toll on your body. Along with other symptoms, you will often notice new aches and pains. I am often quizzed by expecting moms on the best ways to reduce pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Here is a list of tips that should help you tackle the various niggles as they crop up.