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Pregnancy Back Pain

Back pain and hip pain during pregnancy and postpartum are more common than you think.

1 in 5 women experience low back pain or hip pain during pregnancy

1 in 4 of those affected women develop chronic postpartum pain

If you are experiencing these symptoms you do not have to live with them. We can help.

Pregnancy Back Pain – What It Is

Backache – with soreness, stiffness, and pain – is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. And, unfortunately, backache often starts early on in your pregnancy and persists (or worsens) until you give birth (when Pregnancy Back Pain is replaced by Postpartum Back Pain).

Back Pain During Pregnancy – What Causes It

As your belly gets bigger throughout your pregnancy, your lower back curves more than usual to accommodate the load, resulting in strained muscles and, you guessed it, pain. In addition, your growing uterus shifts your center of gravity forward, putting even more pressure on your lower back. Add to the mix a hormone called relaxin, which causes your ligaments to stretch and joints to loosen, and you’ve got one aching back.

Can Pregnancy bring on other aches and Pains?

Unfortunately yes. Changes in the body can cause stresses in other areas such as the neck pain, headaches, foot pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Back Pain During Pregnancy – What You Need to Know About It

The good news about backache during pregnancy is that it’s as curable as it is common. There are many ways to relieve it, so if one solution doesn’t work, another one probably will.

If you are currently pregnant or have had a baby and are experiencing pain, don’t just deal with it. Specialized physical therapists are here to educate you and help you feel better so you can take care of your growing family.