Pregnancy

Back pain during pregnancy – causes, prevention and treatment

Irritating and inconvenient as it may be, back pain is a very common ailment in pregnancy. It affects more than half of all pregnant women, and can make daily life something of a chore

As with most pregnancy health issues, you can blame your hormones largely for this one. During early pregnancy (peaking at 10 to 14 weeks) your body releases a hormone called relaxin (oh, the irony) which loosens your ligaments, forcing your spine and back to take on the strain of carrying your weight. If you’re experiencing lower back pain early in pregnancy, you can likely blame relaxin.

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