Pregnancy and Postural Changes

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Physiotherapist, discusses posture changes during pregnancy.

Physiotherapist, discusses posture changes during pregnancy.

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Featuring Tamarah Nerreter, MPT, CAFC
Pregnancy and Postural Changes
Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Pre and postnatally there are postural changes. Prenatally, we generally see women who are quite kyphotic in their upper thoracic spine, and quite lordotic in their lumbar spine, so the curve ends up being like an S curve, but an exaggerated S curve.

This can change a lot and alter biomechanics of their body. And because they have a changing center of gravity due to the baby's weight out front, we see a lot of different shearing forces through the different joints that can be affected in pregnancy like your SI joints, your pubic symphysis, and any of the joints through the thoracic spine.

We like to promote good posture, and that requires a good core and stability. And so this is important in training women through the prenatal and postnatal phase because postnatally there is, obviously, a lot of damage through labor, and also then through breastfeeding, the postures are not conducive to everyday life and comfort.

If we find that women are having prenatal or postnatal issues with posture, which generally across the board we do, we recommend that they go and see their local physiotherapist, and the physio will point them in the right direction.

Video Title: Pregnancy and Postural Changes

Presenter: Tamarah Nerreter, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

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Pregnancy and Postural Changes


Hormone levels decrease during pregnancy, which causes joints and ligaments to loosen.


Hormone levels increase during pregnancy, which causes joints and ligaments to loosen. The abdominal muscles start to stretch as the baby grows.


Good posture can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.


Good posture can actually strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder, bowel and uterus.


Most women notice the most obvious posture changes during the second trimester.


The second trimester is when many women notice the biggest postural changes. That's when there's more weight and stress on your stomach and pelvic floor muscles.


To maintain good posture during pregnancy, hold your head up with your chin out.


For good standing posture, hold your head up straight with your chin tucked in slightly. Avoid standing in the same position for too long and wear supportive shoes.


Sleeping on your back is best during the later months of pregnancy.


Most women find that lying on their side is the most comfortable position in later pregnancy. This position reduces stress on the lower back.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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