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I'm 6 months pregnant with my first child and have been having some lower back pain. Is this normal? What can I do about it that is safe for my baby?

 
A

Low back pain is extremely common during pregnancy - up to 70% of women experience back pain while pregnant, especially in the third trimester as hormonal changes cause more laxity (looseness) in your joints and your abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate your growing baby. A physical therapist can help resolve or manage your pain with appropriate stabilization exercises for your core and pelvic floor as well as teach you body mechanics to protect your back while pregnant and after you deliver. It's important to consider your posture and ergonomics when selecting your baby gear including strollers, car seats, cribs, and changing tables.

For most insurance plans, you can see a physical therapist without a doctor's referral! Call us today so we can help you work, live, and play...again!

At Corvallis and Albany Sport and Spine, we have physical therapists who specialize in prenatal and postpartum care.

www.albanysportspt.com
617 Hickory St. NW, Suite 160
ALbany, OR • Phone 541.928.1411