Body Mechanics

As your baby grows, you carry more weight, your center of gravity shifts, and your ligaments soften in preparation for birth. As a result, you may feel more aches and pains in the third trimester. Moving slowly and carefully can prevent injury and increase your comfort level.

Slideshow: How to Move Safely (Use the arrow to the right of the caption to advance slides)

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Step 1: Put one foot slightly in front of the other Step 2: Bend at your knees (not at your waist) Step 3: Keep your back straight as you come up
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Step 1: Roll to your side in one movement without twisting Step 2: Use your hands to walk yourself up to a sitting position Step 3: Slowly move your feet to the floor
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Step 1: Scoot your hips to the edge of the seat Step 2: Put one foot slightly in front of the other Step 3: Use your hands to push off and your thigh muscles to stand
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Step 1: Sit in the seat sideways with your feet on the ground Step 2: Turn to face the front as you bring your legs into the car Step 3: Always buckle up with the lap belt below your belly and the shoulder belt between your breasts
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Step 1: Keep your shoulders back Step 2: Keep your hips tucked under Step 3: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart with toes pointed out slightly

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