Low back pain is extremely common in pregnancy. Over 50% of women experience it at some point. It’s related to your changing body. Your ligaments are loosening in preparation for delivery; this is secondary to hormonal influences. Women who exercise three times or more a week seem to have less low back pain. We recommend walking 30-45 minutes, three to five times per week to treat low back pain. If the pain is severe you can seek treatment with a physical therapist or a chiropractor, but above all avoid any x-rays. Tylenol may also be helpful for back pain. We do not recommend you take it on a regular basis. It’s felt to be safe, but does not really change the underlying cause of the problem. Almost all back pain resolves within six months after delivery.
October 15, 2018