Hi, I'm AMY and welcome to the fitmums program.
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Up to 90% of women can develop back pain during their pregnancy. So know that you are definitely not alone!
As your body adapts to pregnancy both hormonally and physically, you will notice a change in your posture as well as increased laxity in some of the joints in and around your back, pelvis and hips. The growing weight of your baby also contributes to increased spinal curves and stresses in the back while the pregnancy hormones are causing increased laxity in the ligaments that hold your pelvis together and keep it stable.
There is a growing body of research supporting effective strategies for managing your back pain. These include:
Yes, evidence suggests that one of, or a combination of the above strategies will decrease your pregnancy back pain.
No, this is rarely the case. Research concludes that effective management to stabilise and support the spine in pregnancy and beyond results in a good postnatal prognosis. This means that nearly all pregnancy back pain will resolve within a year, and most within 6 months. Rarely, some pain will continue for up to 2 years, but these were women that suffered from multiple and complicated back and pelvic joint pain during pregnancy.
Our FITMUMS postnatal Pilates classes will target mobility and strengthening of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles in your post-pregnancy body. This will assist in reducing any of your ongoing back pain and return your spine to a pre-pregnancy alignment.