Back pain in pregnancy
Many changes go through the body during pregnancy. There is weight gain (typically 25-35 pounds), your abdominal muscles weaken and a shift occurs in your centre of gravity. A change in posture occurs which in turn affects the lower back muscles, upper back and neck. Hormonal changes also occur within the body that cause ligaments to soften.
You are more likely to get back pain in pregnancy if:-
– you have had back pain before
– you lead a sedentary lifestyle
– you are carrying twins
– you are in the later stages of pregnancy
You may have to change your usual exercise routine. Swimming may help back pain in pregnancy as the buoyancy of the water reduces the strain on the joints and muscles. Swimming also helps strengthen the back muscles.
It is sometimes helpful to avoid the use of high heels choosing more comfortable ones instead.