Twelve to Twenty


Your body may be finding it difficult to adapt to changes in posture resulting in pain.

Mid back curves increase due to an increase in breast size.


If sitting for long periods of time, get up and walk EVERY 20 MINS. If working at a computer ensure the computer and keyboard are directly in front of you. Do not ‘slouch’ in front of the computer. If possible, tilt the base of your chair TO ENSURE YOUR KNEES ARE BELOW YOUR PELVIS. Continue to exercise as normal or begin an exercise programme such as yoga or pilates for pregnancy (unless this aggravates your symptoms).


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Seek help from a health professional to alleviate current pain and avoid future pain and problems. The earlier you seek help, the greater chance you have of avoiding worse back pain later on in your pregnancy.


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Remember: Back pain in pregnancy also includes sacro/iliac pain, two joints either side of the base of your spine.


Although your posture is starting to change at this time, it is more likely that pain is caused by a previous injury.

Mild back pain may be aggravated by morning sickness.


Early pain is more likely to be a ‘normal’ joint or muscular strain rather than related to your first trimester of pregnancy. Treatment during pregnancy is usually safe if given by an osteopath or physiotherapist who specializes in this area.

If you do have a history of back pain it is wise to see an osteopath prior to your posture changing. During your pregnancy do not start any new exercise programme unless it is specific exercise for pregnancy such as yoga or pilates for pregnant women. Try to maintain good posture.

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