How can you prevent or minimize back pain during pregnancy?

Borrowing again from http://www.americanpregnancy.org, the following is a helpful excerpt on managing back pain during pregnancy.

 

How can you prevent or minimize back pain during pregnancy?

Back pain may not be prevented completely, but there are things that you can do to reduce the severity or frequency. Here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the back pain you are experiencing:

  • Use exercises approved by your health care provider that support and help strengthen the back and abdomen
  • Squat to pick up something versus bending over
  • Avoid high heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support
  • Avoid sleeping on your back
  • Wear a support belt under your lower abdomen
  • Make sure your back is aligned using a chiropractor
  • Get plenty of rest. Elevating your feet is also good for your back
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