Back pain is a common pregnancy symptom, and it doesn't always disappear when your baby arrives. Drop in to any physical therapist's office or massage studio and you're bound to see some baby bumps in the waiting room. That's because ligament-loosening hormones, weight gain, and a shifting center of gravity all conspire to cause 2 million pregnant women to cry out from back pain every year, especially between the fifth and seventh months.
|Dr. Jacqueline Sutera
Supportive sneakers or flat boots are best for everyday use, but if you want some height, try rubber-soled wedges, which distribute body weight across a larger surface area and offer shock absorption. You'll also want to ditch your ballet flats and flip-flops, says New York City podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera, DPM. Instead, wear flats with an arch support or try insoles or orthotics.
Source: Leslie Goldman, Fit Pregnancy [9/29/16]
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.