If lower back pain has been cramping your style, consider investing in an ergonomic chair to help you make it through the long days of your pregnancy with less pain, muscle strain and fatigue. Most people who work in an office spend about seventy percent of their day seated, so an ergonomically correct chair could make a significant improvement in the health of your back.
First developed during World War II, ergonomics is the study of the interrelationship between our body and our environment. Today, ergonomic keyboards, chairs, and workstations can be found in most offices.
Any ergonomic chair you consider should provide the following features:
- Adjustable seat height. This is especially important if you want to continue using the seat after your pregnancy.
- Contoured seat. This allows your buttocks to fit comfortably from the first time you use the chair instead of waiting until frequent use molds the seat to your body (which would take a lot longer than your pregnancy will!).
- Firm and comfortable seat and back pads. It can be divine to sink into a cushy chair, but a firm one guarantees you comfort and support over time.
- Sloping front edge to the seat. This prevents your knees from pressing against it too hard.
- Armrests that fit your arms. They should be molded so that they're comfortable and they should be at a height that feels natural to you.
- Adjustable backrest. This will ensure your back and lumbar are well supported to prevent slouching and additional pain.
Once you have chosen your ergonomic chair, remember to sit all the way back in your chair, using the backrest at all times. This will allow your chair to support your entire body and give you the rest you need!