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Low back pain during pregnancy is no fun.
Why is your back hurting?
You can blame your growing uterus. As it expands, it shifts your center of gravity and weakens your abs, making your core less stable.
Hormonal changes also play a part. They loosen your hip joints and relax the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine.
You're not alone: More than two-thirds of pregnant women experience low back pain.
What can you do to relieve low back pain?
Get moving! Try:
- Weight training
- Pelvic tilts
Pay attention to your posture.
Learn relaxation techniques.
Try heat or cold.
Treat yourself to a massage.
Call your doctor if:
- Your back pain is severe, lasts more than two weeks, gets progressively worse, or is caused by trauma.
- Your back pain is accompanied by a fever, vaginal bleeding, or a burning sensation when you pee.
- You've lost feeling in one or both legs.
Good news: Pregnancy-related low back pain rarely lasts more than a few months after you give birth. Hang in there!