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Most women develop back pain at some point during pregnancy. As the size and weight of your growing belly place more strain on your back, you may notice your posture changing. To protect your back from poor posture, unnecessary strain, and painful injury, follow these guidelines:
You can help reduce back pain by wearing supportive, low-heeled shoes and avoiding flat or high-heeled shoes. A pregnancy support belt that rests under your abdomen can also help take the strain off of your back.
Soak in a warm tub, or apply heat or cold to your tired or achy back. Massage can help relieve muscle strain and tension.
See the following pictures of stretching and strengthening exercises. These are well suited to pregnancy. And they can help your back handle the demands of pregnancy.
See your doctor or nurse-midwife about back pain that gets worse or doesn't go away. It could be a sign of a serious problem, such as a kidney infection or preterm labor.
Talk to your doctor or nurse-midwife about seeing a physical therapist for back pain that interferes with your daily routine or awakens you at night or for leg pain or numbness (sciatica). A physical therapist can give you safe and simple exercises that are tailored to the cause of your back pain.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Last Revised||July 23, 2012|
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