Back Pain During Pregnancy: Moving Safely

Learning the proper ways to bend, lift, and carry objects may help relieve back strain. It will also help you protect your back after your baby is born. Remember, if you’re having trouble protecting your back, it’s OK to ask the people around you for help!

Pregnant woman bending over safely.

Pregnant woman lifting object safely.

Pregnant woman carrying bags safely.

Bending

Lifting

Carrying

Bending

To protect your back as you bend:

  • Put 1 foot slightly in front of the other. Bend at the knees and hips, pushing your hips backward. Keep your upper body as straight as you can.

  • Face forward. Try to keep your ears, shoulders, and hips in a line.

  • Don’t hold your breath.

Lifting

To lift a large object or a child:

  • Get as close to the load as you can. Face forward, to help keep your ears and shoulders aligned.

  • Use the muscles in your thighs and buttocks to stand up. As you lift, tighten your stomach and pelvic floor muscles.

  • Don’t hold your breath. Avoid twisting.

Carrying

To carry a load safely:

  • Carry an object or child in front of you, not resting on your hip.

  • Break up your load into 2 smaller bags, if you can. Carry 1 bag on each side to maintain balance. Or, break the load into smaller ones and take more trips.

  • Try to tighten your stomach and pelvic floor muscles as you walk. This helps take weight off your back.

Was this helpful?

Yes No
 

Tell us more.

Check all that apply.
 
 
 
 
 
NEXT ▶

Last question: How confident are you filling out medical forms by yourself?

Not at all A little Somewhat Quite a bit Extremely

Thank You!

© 2000-2017 The StayWell Company, LLC. 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.