Backaches often begin for women during pregnancy, because the usually stable joints of the pelvis begin to loosen up to allow for easier passage of the baby at delivery. “This, along with your growing abdomen, throws your body off balance,” Calzaretta says.
As the baby grows, the uterus presses on your back muscles and sciatic nerve and fills the pelvis. This can cause low back pain, lordosis (sway back), sciatica (pain that runs down the back of your leg) and pressure on the pubic bone, hip bones and lower spine, Dr. Binkley says.
All of these back symptoms are uncomfortable, but you will survive them all and almost everything will improve – after you deliver, Dr. Binkley says. “These aches and pains respond well to yoga, back stretches (cat stretches), rest and relaxation techniques,” she says. Use good posture, stand or sit up straight to help prevent backaches, Calzaretta says.
Her other tips include the following:
• Try not to lift heavy objects.
• Wear low-heeled shoes.
• Try not to stand for long periods of time.