Avoid Back Strain: Practice Good Posture

As your pregnancy advances, you will want to alleviate back strain by being aware of correct posture.  Pregnant or not, a good assist to proper posture is to envision a string passing from a point at the front of the earlobe, down through the shoulders and the hipbone to a spot just behind the ankle bone.  Keeping your head in line with this imaginary string will prevent you from “leading with your head,” keep your pelvis tilted back, and help you to avoid stooping as you gain in weight and size.

One of the best ways to practice good posture when sitting is to regularly sit on a birth ball (also known as an exercise ball).  These handy balls can be bought at any number of locations at very reasonable prices, including most sporting goods stores.  The birth ball allows you to sit erect, and at the same time tones your inner thighs and pelvic region.  Use it at your desk or as a place to relax at home, instead of a chair.  The birth ball comes in handy later in pregnancy, and it is a great place to rock during labor.  It is one of the best and simplest tools you can buy.

From HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method by Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy.

~ by cmb0414 on August 7, 2010.

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