SHE’S had three kids in the space of five years and Kate Middleton still looks amazing.
But experts have revealed the Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘mum hunch’ posture – which many noticed as her and William visited Belfast yesterday – could be harmful if left untreated.
The ‘Mum hunch’ is often the term used to describe women who stand and walk with rounded shoulders, a stooped back and a tilted pelvis – as the stance is very common among women who’ve had kids.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Online, post-natal experts and physios have revealed maintaining this posture could lead to long-term health problems.
James Turgis, physiotherapist and director of Mummy’s Physio, explains it all starts in pregnancy.
He told Fabulous Online: “The more the baby grows, the more the gravity centre of the mother is going forward.
“To compensate, the mum will start to arch her lower back.”
It’s no surprise that Kate’s back will be under strain after constantly picking up three kids[/caption]
“To keep her eyes on the horizon, she will roll her shoulders and will also use a different back muscle to adapt,” he continued.
“When your body has adapted to that posture – which you’ve had for nine months during pregnancy – you tend to keep this posture for a while.”
And with three pregnancies and kids running around it’s no wonder Kate, 37, seems to have fallen victim.
Physio James explains the ‘mum hunch’ begins during pregnancy and can be hard to correct[/caption]
And it seems the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t the only one, with the likes of Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham and Tana Ramsay displaying a similar posture.
James also explained how carrying babies and toddlers, even after birth – can have an impact, too.
“The fact that you’ve had a certain posture for nine months means some of your muscles will be weaker, so if you increase the use of certain muscles that aren’t yet strong enough by carrying a baby on your front or on your hip, or if you arch you back when feeding, you’ll maintain this posture.
“It’s more common with women who have babies close together and haven’t been doing sport in-between.”
Angelina has six children[/caption]
Victoria seems to be displaying a similar pose[/caption]
Katie Holmes has a daughter, Suri[/caption]
And while we know Kate is great lover of keeping fit, there’s only 11 months between Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ birthday’s meaning her body had very little time to recover.
James explained not rectifying the ‘mum posture’ problem after or in-between pregnancies can inevitably cause back pain.
He recommends yoga and Pilates as well as exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
“The muscle has been strained from arching so much and if mums don’t do anything they’ll mainly start to have lower back pain,” he said.
“The ideal treatment is to reinforce the pelvic floor and then to work on the posture by doing exercises.
“For example, the lower back has been arched so it’s good to do some stretching in the opposite direction.
“Yoga and pilates are a good follow-up – the idea is to strengthen the pelvic floor.”
Ab crunches, however, are a big no-no as James explains these will “increase the overstretching of the pelvic floor”.
Pre and postnatal physiotherapist Niamh Burn also revealed the importance of breathing exercises and opting for a “mummy MOT” following birth.
“Deep breaths down to the diaphragm will help the pelvic floor to function more efficiently,” she told Fabulous Online.
“I talk to new mums about good feeding positions, for example sitting on some cushions and having cushions for support under the baby and behind their back.
“Changing the baby on a change table is also good so they’re not bending over and having to change them on the floor.”
Apparently it all starts in pregnancy[/caption]
Niamh also recommends against a classic mum posture, where women stick their hips out to make a shelf for the baby.
“You see a common posture where mothers will stick their hips out in front of them and make a shelf for the baby and I tell them to keep their hips over their heels and their rib cage stacked over their pelvis and that’s really good for making sure their core is working properly,” she explained.
“Having a mummy MOT is also a good idea, this involves getting a women’s health pyhsio for a post-natal check.
“They’ll check their abdominal muscles and their pelvic floor and things like posture and breathing.”
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