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Posture During Pregnancy and Motherhood

Has Motherhood Made Your Posture Worse?

After pregnancy, breastfeeding, and bending down to pick up my lil one, I traded in my head up, shoulders back posture for a more rounded one. Mothers slouch to bear the weight of their babies and crouch over their meandering tots.

Did your posture change after children?
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BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
I don't know if it's from my babies or from my giant boobs (breastfeeding) but my posture has definitely gotten worse.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
I had beautiful ballet posture before, and now- well, between sitting at a desk all day and the kiddos it is awful. Even the wiifit bitches at me about it.
backfat backfat 8 years
Breastfeeding is trashing my back. I accidentally end up leaning forward to nurse her. I end up having back spasms and pain from it.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I've never waddled after having a child, only in the last few weeks of pregnancy when my pelvis has spread to make it impossible for my legs to move straight.
Janelloyd20 Janelloyd20 8 years
Trying not to sound like a total science nerd... your posture WILL actually change. There are four curves of your spine, two are permanent and two will change based on need. That's why sometimes after having kid we'll tend to almost sort of.. waddle. The curve of your spine changes in order to accommodate the weight of pregnancy and then the weight of carrying the kids. Good news is, it will change back when the need changes.
Dr-Phil Dr-Phil 8 years
As a male I only ever have to carry food babies, so the impact on your back of carrying a baby sounds pretty major. However, I have had back pain in the past through sitting badly at my computer. As a result I developed award-winning personal posture coaching software. If you use a computer a lot and struggle with back pain, or just want to improve your posture in its own right, why not give the free trial a go on my website www.postureminder.co.uk/backpain
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
I definitely slouch more! After my c-section, it hurt to stand up straight to begin with, and then after that, I just got lazy!
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i slouch just as much as i did before (and usually only at my desk at work) the rest of the time... i think i stand straighter than i used to... or maybe a little to the left, to accomodate our lil guy on my hip.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 8 years
Actually now I think about it, in a way yes my posture has improved, but that's because my physio made me walk better in order to help the back problem caused by my pelvis coming apart during pregnancy!
chicagojlo chicagojlo 8 years
I don't know if it's my posture exactly, but my shoulder is forever damaged from bouncing a crying baby around at 3am every night for a year! She's 4 and a half years old and my shoulder is still not right!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Other - it got better. Pregnancy makes me lean back to accomodate the weight, as does holding the kids.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I totally slouch now - much more so than I ever did before!
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