Common Pregnancy Woes

Back Pain

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.

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