Is back pain normal to experience during pregnancy?

Back pain is extremely common among the general population. In fact, approximately 80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. 

With pregnancy, you are adding a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time while sometimes decreasing your activity level, so it is reasonable to assume a woman will experience some amount of back pain while pregnant. However, this pain is typically not serious. As with all anyone it can occur at any point, but it most commonly occurs later in pregnancy as the baby is growing. 

While it’s usually not serious, back pain can be quite bothersome and affect your daily routine and may even interrupt your sleep. There are a number of factors that may lead to back pain during pregnancy, but the specific mechanisms are still somewhat unknown; however, women who are overweight or had back pain prior to pregnancy are at greater risk.

Although back pain may not be entirely prevented during pregnancy, there are things you can do that may help reduce the severity and frequency. These include remaining active and completing strengthening and stretching exercises for your back, whilst avoiding any type of exercising that worsens the pain.

Andreas Hessner
andreas@reachactive.co

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