Preventing Aches and Pains During Pregnancy
- 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
- 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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