A good posture both pre and postnatal is important. Maintaining back strength with leg and abdominal muscle tone can offset the effects of pregnancy ligament laxity, improve strength, reduce the incidence of lower back pain and muscular/skeletal complaints.
The Core: Strong, firm abdominal muscles and increased core stability has been shown to reduce back pain in late pregnancy. In general a pregnant woman’s stomach muscles can become strained as they stretch, the lower back muscles tighten to compensate and become sore. A strong core can help compensate this effect.
Upper Back: Strengthening your upper back muscles in pregnancy is a priority. After childbirth, you will be in a forward flexed posture for many hours of the day feeding your baby. Additionally there will be a lot of forward bending when picking up and lowering the baby into its pram and cot, etc.
The Adductors: These inner thigh muscles are important during pregnancy. When active, they stabilise the knees and pelvis… which is beneficial as belly weight increases! They also come in handy (along with the hamstrings and gluts) to help sustain a squatting position if preferred during delivery, climbing stairs or getting up from a chair.