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What are the recommendations for pregnancy backaches?

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Recommendations for treating pregnancy backaches:

  • Wear low-heeled (but not flat) shoes.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Squat down with your knees bent when picking things up instead of bending down at the waist.
  • Don't stand on your feet for long periods. If you need to stand for long periods, place one foot on a stool or box for support.
  • Sit in a chair with good back support, or place a small pillow behind your lower back. Also, place your feet on a footrest or stool.
  • Check that your bed is firm. If needed, put a board between the mattress and box spring.
  • Sleep on your left side with a pillow between your legs for support.
  • Apply a hot water bottle or heating pad on low setting to your back, take a warm bath or shower, or try massage.
  • Perform exercises, as advised by your health care provider, to make your back muscles stronger and help relieve the soreness.
  • Maintain good posture. Standing up straight will ease the strain on your back.
  • Contact your health care provider if you have a low backache that goes around your stomach and does not go away within one hour after you change position or rest. This might be a sign of premature labor.

SOURCE:  The American Pregnancy Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 20, 2017

SOURCE:  The American Pregnancy Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 20, 2017

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