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I'm 23 weeks pregnant and my back is sooo bad, I feel like my spine is going to snap. Do you know why that could be?

During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis, which can cause back pain. Your GP or midwife can refer you to a physio. You can take paracetamol to ease the pain, and follow some exercises as well. Here are some tips:

1. Bend your knees and keep your back straight when you lift or pick something up from the floor

2. Avoid lifting heavy objects

3. Move your feet when you turn to avoid twisting your spine

4. Wear flat shoes to evenly distribute your weight

5. Try to balance the weight between two bags when you carry shopping

6. Keep your back straight and well supported when sitting - look for maternity support pillows

7. Get enough rest, particularly later in pregnancy

8. Have a massage or a warm bath

9. Use a mattress that supports you properly - you can put a piece of hardboard under a soft mattress to make it firmer, if necessary

10. Go to a group or individual back care class