Back pain is likely to be due to previous pain or injury, increased weight causing back muscles to work harder or the way your baby is engaging into your pelvis.
It is important to seek treatment, especially if you are getting sciatica or pain is lasting more than a few days.
Specialists can help your back and pelvic pain and also help your body prepare for birth, decreasing the risk of injury during labour.
Avoid long walks; it may not cause pain at the time but pain may arise later in the day.
KEY TIP: Don’t go into labour tired; rest from 38 weeks. During labour inform your midwife, obstetrician and anesthetist of any back problems.