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Standing desk while pregnant?

Commented on November 05, 2014
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What do you think is best practice for using a standing desk while pregnant. I usually stand about 6 hours a day at my desk and I love it. Just found out I was pregnant and am wondering if I should reduce amount of standing, eliminate my standup desk or what. Looks like there is a study that standing too much while pregnant can lower birthweight.

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on November 05, 2014
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As someone who is 15 weeks along with a standing desk at work, I've also read that standing more than 2 hours can reduce birth weight, but walking (not standing) between 2-5 hours can result in a higher birth weight (source: Wikipedia). Sounds like standing for up to 2 hours is fine, but walking and exercise is still preferable to standing or sitting for long periods of time. Maybe if there is a way to convert your standing desk to a treadmill desk, or get one of those small, in-place ellipticals, that could also be a good compromise.

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As a near lifelong long low back pain suffer and a back surgery success story..... My experience says (along with a number of 'back specialists') that standing is substantially better for back health than sitting all day.

Standing puts variable demands on large muscle groups as compared to sitting. Sitting on a yoga ball is a recommended alternative to char sitting as well..... helps balance and works the core.

While using a standing workstation, having a short block available for the use one or the other foot (something akin to the bar at a 'bar') helps by reducing the curvature in the lower back. Standing with the one foot slightly elevated greatly extends ones ability to 'stand still' for long periods, hence the a bar at the 'bar'.

imo if you;re used to standing, keep standing but if you experience fatigue or pain.... take sitting breaks. Be prepared to adjust to behavior as needed. Good luck!

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I may be wrong, but I'm under the impression that standing really isn't any better than sitting. It's in my view the movement/variety which is 'good' or rather not as bad for you. Anyways, standing for long periods while pregnant doesn't exactly sound like a good idea, but I'm just throwing in my two cents as I have no knowledge one way or the other.

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Standing spine geometry is different than sitting spine geometry.  

Standing with one foot placed on a low prop, bar or step striaghtens low back curvature.

That's why a "bar" has a bar....you can stand a LOT longer with a bar than without (& thus drink a LOT more).

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