Written by Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Back pain occurs in almost all pregnant women to a greater or lesser extent, especially in the later stages of pregnancy.
It can occur for the first time in pregnancy, or, it can be an exacerbation of a chronic backpain.
Whatever the cause, back pain can make the pregnant woman's life miserable.
Backpain occurs more commonly while getting up from bed in the morning or while standing up from a sitting position after a period of relative immobility.
The pain is commonly centered in the curve of the lower back and can radiate from this site down to the hips and the legs or along the sides to the abdomen.
Sometimes, the pain may be severe enough to cause pain in the shoulders and the neck.
But this also means that the lax joints are prone to suffer from minor stresses, even from daily activities like walking and sitting. So unless the joints are kept supple with regular exercise, any movement can cause pain.
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It does not matter if you can't, just go down as far as you can go. Done properly, you will feel the stretch along the whole length of your back from your neck to your bottoms. Hold for a count of 10, then slowly straighten up. This is 1 set. Do 3 sets 2 times a day. It will go a long way towards relieving your backache.
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