REALIGN YOUR HEAD
As your bumps grows, your centre of gravity shifts and your lower spine curves into an arch. Many mums-to-be naturally start leaning back a little, and then bring their head forwards to compensate. “This means your neck is working overtime and the joint becomes strained,” explains Paula. “You might get headaches, neck pain, shoulder tension, or a tingling sensation down your arms.” This exercise positions your head back where it belongs. “It will relax your muscles, ease neck pain and make you feel alert,” says Paula.
Try it: Stand in front of a mirror, and jut your chin forwards. Put your index finger and middle finger on either side of your chin and guide it backwards. Yep, you want to give yourself a double chin! Don’t look down: imagine you’re balancing a book on your head and you want it to stay there. You’ll know your head is in position when you can feel a little stretch in your neck at roughly ear-lobe level. Hold this position for two to three seconds, then relax. Repeat the exercise 10 times.