Let’s be honest, pregnancy can wreak havoc on the musculoskeletal system and the back is no exception. During pregnancy, the breasts and belly expand and that extra weight pulls the shoulders and upper back forward. Simultaneously, the lower back begins to curve inward to compensate for the shift in the expecting woman’s center of gravity. As this change occurs, the muscles and ligaments in the lower back become shorter, tighter, weaker, and achy, and women begin to experience back pain.
To prevent or manage upper and lower back pain in pregnancy, be prepared to exert some effort and commitment to your goal of feeling better. Creating a weekly routine that involves some of the suggestions below will put you on the right track. Before engaging in any activity while pregnant, remember to always check with your midwife or OB/GYN first.
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