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What Can I Do to Relieve My Pregnancy Backaches?

I'm 7 months' pregnant and my back is killing me! How can I get some relief?
- Fiona

Many pregnant women have achy backs as their bellies grow larger and their muscles and spine strain to carry the extra weight.

During pregnancy, the body also produces the hormone relaxin, which helps prepare the body for childbirth. One of the effects of relaxin is the loosening of ligaments throughout the body, making pregnant women less stable and more prone to injury, especially in their backs.

Here are some ways to help ease your back pain:

Back pain also can be a sign of something else, like labor starting or a urinary tract infection. If you have any questions or concerns, severe pain, pain that isn't getting better, or additional symptoms, talk to your doctor.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: May 2012

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