Health Tip: Pregnancy and Back Pain

Help prevent it

(HealthDay News) -- Back pain is a common complaint for pregnant women, but there are things you can do to help relieve the strain on your back.

The American Pregnancy Association offers these suggestions:

  • Try doing exercises recommended by your doctor that help strengthen and support your lower back and abdomen.
  • Don't bend over to pick something up. Squat down and reach for it instead.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Avoid high heels.
  • Don't sleep on your back, get as much rest as you can, and keep your feet elevated.
  • Try wearing a support belt.
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