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BACKPAIN: Solve this problem as a pregnant woman

As your pregnancy progresses by the day as a woman, your new body shape often bring new changes of aches and pains, especially in your back. These changes are constant during this period of pregnancy. And when it comes to the back, the spine is no exception.

This physiology changes also causes some shift in the center of gravity of the body and it compensate by leaning backward, increasing the natural curve of your lower spine, which can leads to the backpain. This phenomenon is common in about 50% to 70% of all women have backpain at some point during their pregnancy, according to studies. You can ease this aches and pain with these simple tips below:

(1) Try to stand up straight. This may sound easy and obvious remedy, but it can be difficult as pregnancy progresses. You have to train your back muscles by sitting up straight in a chair with your hands on your thighs and your shoulders down. Pull your shoulders back, squeeze the shoulder blades together, and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat this three or four times daily to perfect your posture and help relieve pressure on your lower back.

(2) Go for a walk. Exercises can be the best way to relieve your backpain during pregnancy since this strengthens muscles and increases flexibility for your spinal muscles to adjust to whatever changes that comes their way.

(3) Take off your heels. Improper shoes with the heels are sometimes too high and may affect the alignment of your pelvis, which can cause backpain (even when you are not pregnant)I. Instead, go for the flat shoes that have enough cushioning and arch support, at least until the Baby comes.

(4) Consider your pillow placement. The best position for sleeping while pregnant is on your side, with a pillow between your knees. This takes pressure off your lower back. But you can consider experimenting with different pillow placements (positioning) to see what works best for you or relieves your backpain as pregnancy progresses.

(5) Don't forget to talk to your doctor or health care-giver. For many women, back pain during pregnancy is bound to happen, and not all cases demand a visit to the hospital. But always listen to your body and don't be afraid to seek help if you feel you need it. The health care-giver can help evaluate your level of pain and make the best recommendations for treatment.

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