Back Pain in Pregnancy

Back pain during pregnancy is one of the most common discomforts for women. As a baby grows during pregnancy, the uterus expands to as much as 1,000 times its original size. This amount of growth affects the balance of a woman's body and may cause discomfort.

In mid-pregnancy, when the uterus becomes heavier, it changes the center of gravity. A woman then slowly begins to change her posture and the ways that she moves. Most women begin to lean backwards in the later months of pregnancy, making their back muscles work harder.

The abdominal muscles normally support the spine and play an important role in the health of the back. The hormones of pregnancy cause the muscles to relax and stretch. This may cause back pain as well as make a woman more prone to injury when exercising.

Below are links for additional information regarding issues women many have during pregnancy that can be treated with physical therapy.

Low Back Pain
Sciatica - buttock and leg pain
Sacroiliac Joint Pain - hips/pelvis/buttock pain
Hip Pain
Neck Pain
Upper Back Pain
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - arm pain and numbness
Urinary Incontinence - leakage of urine
Diastatsis Recti - separation of the abdominal muscles
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - pinched nerves in hands

Read more about easing back pain during pregnancy here.