IT'S IMPORTANT to KEEP CORRECT POSTURE DURING PREGNANCY
Conservative (non-surgical) treatment of back pain in pregnancy generally includes performance of appropriate exercise and use of proper body mechanics. These efforts promote and support proper posture, which is essential to avoiding unnecessary stress to supporting structures.
Pregnancy Doesn't Have to Cause Back Pain.
Many discomforts of pregnancy are related to poor posture: an aching lower back, rounded shoulders, sciatic nerve pain through the legs and buttocks. Correct posture becomes imperative as the growing baby's weight puts extra load on your spine.
Since the weight of the baby is not centered over the mother's center of gravity, then it can affect the mother's posture alignment.
Ligaments, loosened from the effect of the relaxin hormone, exacerbate the impact on posture. If you think that you don't have the time or energy to keep correct posture during pregnancy then think again!
Lower back pain occurs during pregnancy when the spine has an exaggerated curve. The abdominal muscles become stretched as the baby grows and they offer less support to help keep the lower back in good alignment. The weight of the baby pulls the lower part of the spine forward resulting in pressure and irritation in the joints, discs and soft tissue. To compensate for the load, many mothers-to-be tilt their upper body back, which can create even more distortion in the lower back.
However slumping forward because of fatigue has it's own problem as it can be more difficult to breathe and slumping pushes the rib cage down onto the stomach. The compression reduces the space available for the stomach and stomach acid may be forced into the esophagus resulting in heartburn.
There is little doubt that some of the common discomforts of pregnancy can be avoided by keeping correct posture during pregnancy. On top of all the extras involved with having a successfully pregancy, keeping correct posture should be at the top of the list.