Pregnancy is a divine experience; however, it can get quite uncomfortable with all that extra weight around. Some of us feel relaxed in certain postures and one such posture is the controversial cross-legged sitting position. Whether you are sitting on a chair or on a floor mat, this position just feels right. A lot of women who are around 32 weeks pregnant or more wonder if the reprimands they receive for crossing their legs during this time are rooted in fact or are just an old wives’ tale.
Is it safe to sit cross-legged?
So, can pregnant women cross legs during pregnancy? We would advise against it, as it is bad for circulation. Sitting cross-legged during pregnancy decreases the circulation of blood to your legs, which may lead to varicose veins.
Too much sitting during the day may result in your baby taking a posterior position. Crossing your legs causes your pelvis to tilt backward and, thus, deters your little one from moving into the right position.
What is the right way to sit during pregnancy?
Whether it’s your 1st week or 32nd week of pregnancy, it’s important to practice a good posture while sitting to avoid straining your back. This can be difficult, especially since your baby bump has a way of making you feel like you’re going to topple over. Here are some tips to help you maintain a good posture.
• While seated, keep your buttocks touched to the back of the chair; maintain a straight back with your shoulders back. Objects like a lumbar roll or a small rolled up towel provide back support and should be placed between the curve of your back and the chair.
• Keep your knees and hips at 90 degree angles and your feet flat on the floor. If you have a habit of crossing your legs, try not to succumb to it. You may use a footstool if needed.
• Remind yourself to change positions at regular intervals. A little walk to the window or the water cooler won’t hurt either.
• If you’re at work, move your chair closer to the desk, so you can rest your arms and elbows on it while relaxing your shoulders. Get tips on how to work during your pregnancy & stay healthy.
• When it’s time to stand up, push yourself to the front of the seat and straighten your legs as opposed to leaning forward at the waist.
• If the floor is your choice of seating, try sitting in the cobbler pose, which is almost similar to the cross-legged position. It involves parting your knees and touching the soles of your feet together. It not only eases the tension in your lower back but also helps loosen the hip joints and open the pelvis, preparing you for labor.