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PT Tip: Back Pain During & After Pregnancy

Sponsored by: North Sound Physical Therapy

Back pain during and after pregnancy is common, but it is not normal if persistent. Back pain post-partum has been linked to pelvic floor problems, such as urine leaking. Begin exercising the pelvic floor muscles immediately after childbirth can help recover from the delivery easier.

Pre & Post Partum Back Care:

  • Practice good posture when standing or sitting.
  • Avoid sitting cross-legged or standing on one leg w/ hip jutting out.
  • Activate the deep core muscles during movements and activities.
  • Avoid bending and twisting at the same time.
  • Use good body mechanics – bend from the knees and hips, not the back.
  • Contract your deep core muscles with lifting and exercising. Squeeze and lift your pelvic floor muscles up and in, pull low abdominals inward.
  • Keep your low back in a neutral position that is not too flat or arched.
  • Apply these tips during all activities, especially when lifting items such as weights, your baby, groceries, etc.

Source: www.apta.org