- : Consult a physician before taking medication to treat back pain. Some pain relievers, like aspirin and ibuprofen, are not safe to use during pregnancy.
- Step 1: Exercise Exercise daily to strengthen and tone your back. Walking, yoga, and swimming are good exercises for pregnant women. Talk to your healthcare provider before you begin.
- TIP: Swimming strengthens your lower back and abdomen without putting strain on your joints.
- Step 2: Maintain healthy posture Stand tall with your shoulders back and butt tucked under, so your back does not sway forward. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid standing for long periods of time.
- Step 3: Sleep comfortably Sleep on your left side, as recommended by physicians. Place a pillow between your legs or under your abdomen and bend one or both legs, whichever is more comfortable.
- Step 4: Apply heat to uncomfortable area Apply a heating pad on the uncomfortable area. Soak in a warm bath to ease the pain.
- Step 5: Support belt Wear a support belt. A support belt places support under your abdomen as it grows. It reduces pressure on your bladder, and improves posture and circulation.
- FACT: Did you know? Every year, there are over four million babies born in the United States.
You Will Need
- Comfortable shoes
- A pillow
- A heating pad
- A support belt