What factors cause back pain and body aches during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, you will probably feel some discomfort in your back, arms, legs, or joints. Several factors may lead to this discomfort:

  • Progesterone - one of the primary hormones of pregnancy - causes your joints and ligaments to loosen. This may cause aching in your hips and knees and even in your pubic bone.
  • Your growing belly changes your center of gravity and may pull your neck, shoulders, and back out of alignment.
  • The pressure of the growing uterus can constrict the veins and the nerves that go through the pelvis. This can lead to blood pooling in your legs, and to swelling, numbness, tingling, or cramping in your legs and feet.

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