As many as 80% of pregnant women will experience low back pain, especially in the their third trimester of the pregnancy.

Typically, the pain will be in the sacroiliac joints, and is probably due to a combination of carrying extra weight and hormonal factors that act to widen the sacroiliac joints and increase the size of the birth canal.

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Physical therapy can help reduce the symptoms of low back pain. Medications, which may potentially harm the fetus, should be avoided. The back pain usually goes away after delivery.

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