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Pregnancy Low Back Pain

Many pregnant women may begin to experience different types of pain related to the changes in their body due to pregnancy. Some of these new symptoms are from the mechanical changes, due to increase in weight and subsequent changes in the distribution of how the weight is carried in the body. Other discomforts or pain may be due to hormonal changes. The increase in the amount of estrogen combined with the release of the hormone, relaxin, cause women’s bodies to be more susceptible to mechanical changes in the spine and sacroiliac joints as well as stretching of ligaments. This may cause pain in and around the low back area that can refer pain to other areas of the body.