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Most pregnant women generally agree on one thing – that back pain is definitely a health concern at some point during their pregnancy. It usually begins around the 5th to 7th month of pregnancy, but may begin earlier, particularly if a woman was prone to back pain before pregnancy.

Back pain may cause a pregnant woman to experience lost or interrupted sleep, significant time off from work, an inability to engage in normal activities or even the need for complete bed rest.

Here’s what you can do to alleviate it:

• Exercise to strengthen neck, back and abdomen muscles through yoga or Pilates
• Rest as often as possible and use a pregnancy pillow
• Watch your weight gain – 25-35 pounds (10-15 kg) is generally considered normal

Pregnant or have a friend who is? Let them know that chiropractic adjustments are a safe, drug-free addition to regular prenatal care.