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Good Posture During Pregnancy

What Is the Correct Driving Position During Pregnancy?

  • Use a back support (lumbar roll) at the curve of your back while driving when pregnant. Your knees should be at the same level or higher than your hips.
  • Move the seat close to the steering wheel, but not too close. In general, your seat should be close enough to allow your knees to bend and your feet to reach the pedals. Your belly should be at least 10 inches from the steering wheel, if possible (this obviously depends upon your height). The last month of pregnancy, when your belly is likely to be closer than ever to the steering wheel, ride in the passenger's seat when possible.
  • 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 that it is tilted toward the chest and away from the head and abdomen.

What Is the Correct Way to Lift Objects During Pregnancy?

  • Ask for help when lifting heavy objects when you're pregnant. If you must lift something, do not try to lift anything that is awkward or weighs more than 20 pounds.
  • Before you lift an object, make sure you have firm footing.
  • To pick up an object that is lower than the level of your waist, keep your back straight and bend at your knees and hips. Do not bend forward at the waist with your knees straight.
  • Stand with a wide stance close to the object you are trying to pick up and keep your feet firm on the ground. Tighten your stomach muscles and lift the object using your leg muscles. Straighten your knees in a steady motion. Don't jerk the object up to your body.
  • Stand completely upright without twisting. Always move your feet forward when lifting an object.
  • If you are lifting an object from a table, slide it to the edge of the table so that you can hold it close to your body. Bend your knees so that you are close to the object. Use your legs to lift the object and come to a standing position.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects above waist level.
  • Hold packages close to your body with your arms bent. Keep your stomach muscles tight. Take small steps and go slowly.
  • To lower the object, place your feet as you did to lift, tighten stomach muscles, and bend your hips and knees.

When reaching for objects overhead:

  • Get your body as close as possible to the object you need.
  • Make sure you have a good idea of how heavy the object is that you are going to lift.
  • Use two hands to lift.

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