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Posture Changes During Pregnancy

Are you standing a little differently these days? Find out why your posture changes and when it'll return to normal.
ByMyra Wick, MD
OB-GYN
Updated
April 26, 2017
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You may start noticing that you’re standing or sitting differently in your second trimester. That’s because, as baby grows, the rest of your body shifts to make room for your growing belly (and the added weight!). Your lower back will gradually start to curve more, and your shoulders may also move back a bit to make up for your shifting center of gravity and enlarging uterus. Plus, late in pregnancy, the abdominal muscles of some women separate, which can lead to a change in posture.

But don’t worry—you won’t stay curved forever! After pregnancy, as your body gradually resumes its pre-pregnancy state, you’ll gradually resume your pre-pregnancy stance as well. (Whew!)

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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