During pregnancy your centre of gravity shifts forward as your baby grows. As a result, the lower part of your spine automatically bends more and tilts your pelvis forwards. As the joints on your pelvis also become looser during this time, your back muscles have to do more work to keep you upright. If your muscles aren’t strong enough, this can cause back pain.
The following tips can help prevent this.
Tips for standing
Exercise to relieve strain
Tilt your pelvis slightly forwards (on tiptoes) then backwards (standing on your heels) and repeat. If you feel unsteady, hold onto something while doing this exercise.
Support stockings for improved blood circulation
If you have to stand for extended periods at work, we recommend wearing support stockings. These help prevent water retention in the legs and encourage the circulation of blood around the whole body.
Give it a try!
Katharina Quack Lötscher
Doctor and president of PEBS (preventive nutrition and exercise
counselling during pregnancy and up to a year after birth)