Why It Happens
Carrying approximately 30 extra pounds can put stress on your back muscles. Another cause: Many women adopt a swayback posture to offset the additional weight they are carrying. Stretched and weakened abdominal muscles also contribute.
What to Do
- Sleep on your side on a firm mattress. Tuck a pillow between your legs for added back support.
- Skip high-heeled shoes. Instead wear low heels (but not flats) with good arch support.
- Get off your feet whenever possible. Sit in a comfortable chair and put your feet up on a stool or ottoman.
- Apply a heating pad or warm water bottle to ease the pain.
When to Be Concerned
If you have severe back pain that doesn't go away or gets worse. It could be a sign of a kidney infection or preterm labor.