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Preventing Aches and Pains During Pregnancy

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  • Low back, hip, and calf pain often experienced during pregnancy can be prevented with stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercise.
  • In compensating for changes in body weight and distribution, regular exercise helps prevent overuse injuries, particularly in the pelvis, hips, and ankles.
  • Exercise offsets hormonal changes that weaken the joints, but sit-ups and weight training should be avoided after the first trimester, particularly in women at risk for preterm labor.

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