For Moms: Get "Back" to Basics

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About half of expectant moms experience lower back pain from having to support all that extra weight up front, but what happens when the baby is born and needs to be carried around? For many women, the pain simply shifts around -- or just gets worse.

A few factors can be blamed -- the change in your center of gravity, pelvic pain or nighttime pain. Preventing back pain during pregnancy is possible, though. Pay attention to how you sit and stand -- learn to keep your spine straight and in a neutral position, which prevents swayback. Trade in stilettos for lower-heeled shoes and be cautious when lifting objects or kids, bending at the knees instead of at the waist. Sleep posture is important, too. Body pillows can help keep your body in a beneficial position.