Sitting Positions To Avoid During Pregnancy

What is the correct way to sit?

  • Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair.
  • Sit with a back support (such as a small, rolled-up towel or a lumbar roll) placed at the hollow of your back. Here’s how to find a good sitting position when you’re not using a back support or lumbar roll:
    • Sit at the end of your chair and slouch completely
    • Draw yourself up and make the most of your back’s natural curve.
    • Hold for a few seconds
    • Release the position slightly (about 10 degrees)
  • Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips.
  • Keep your hips and knees at 90 degree angle. Use a foot rest or stool if necessary. Your legs should not be crossed and your feet should be flat on the floor.
  • Correct sitting posture with and without a lumbar support (left) and (right)

  • Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
  • At work, adjust your chair height and work station so you can sit up close to your work and tilt it up at you. Rest your elbows and arms on your chair or desk, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • When sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.
  • When standing up from the sitting position, move to the front of the seat of your chair. Stand up by straightening your legs. Avoid bending forward at your waist. Immediately stretch your back by doing 10 standing backbends.
  • While it is acceptable to sit in other positions for brief periods of time, you should spend the majority of your sitting time in the positions mentioned above to reduce the strain on your back. Sit as little as possible and only for brief periods of time (10 to 15 minutes) if you suffer from back pain.

    What is the correct driving position?

  • Use a back support (lumbar roll) at the curve of your back. Your knees should be at the same level as your hips.
  • Move the seat close to the steering wheel to support the curve of your back. The seat should be close enough to allow your knees to bend and your feet to reach the pedals.
  • Always wear both the lap and shoulder safety belts. Place the lap belt under your abdomen, as low on your hips as possible and across your upper thighs. Never place the belt above your abdomen. Place the shoulder belt between your breasts. Adjust the shoulder and lap belts as snug as possible.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an air bag, it is very important to wear your shoulder and lap belts. In addition, always sit back at least 10 inches away from the site where the air bag is stored. On the driver’s side, the air bag is located in the steering wheel. When driving, pregnant women should adjust the steering wheel so it is tilted toward the chest and away from the head and abdomen.
  • Does sitting position affect baby?

    Let’s discuss the benefits of good sitting posture during pregnancy, shall we?

    The way you sit can impact how you feel during pregnancy and how much room your baby has to move into the best position for birth. Your baby’s position can affect pregnancy symptoms like pelvic girdle pain and round ligament pain even if you are planning a Cesarean delivery. It can also cause hip pain and low back pain.

    What is the right way to sit during pregnancy? – Sanghamitra

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