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Back pain is a common complaint for pregnant women. As you gain weight, your center of gravity shifts forward. To avoid falling forward you compensate by leaning back, which can strain the muscles in your lower back.
Laura Damrow, certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic Health System in Tomah, says, "In general, good posture can help alleviate back pain.Stand up straight, hold your chest high while keeping your shoulders back and relaxed, and don’t lock your knees.” She offers these other tips:
Damrow adds,“If you have severe back pain or pain that lasts more than two weeks, talk with your health care provider. He or she might recommend medication such as acetaminophen or other treatments.”
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