When it comes to pregnancy, Carly Brown is a pro. She has two girls Jacey and Jordan, and a third on the way, but this time around it’s different.
"I started to experience back pain when I would try to transition from sitting to standing, standing to sitting, scooping, anything that would require me to move to another position."
Jacey Bahe, a physical therapist with Alegent Health, helps expectant moms work through pain. Along with the extra weight, pregnancy makes ligaments more lax.
In Carly's case, that caused her pelvis to rotate on one side. Exercises strengthened Carly's muscles, which helps with everyday tasks now and will help her postpartum, too.
"I think a lot of times the pregnant women think it's something they can just get through or that it's just something that comes along with pregnancy, that they're supposed to have pain,” said Bahe. “Well, that's not really the case. We can treat it in a lot of ways."
Carly is proof a few stretches and exercises can make all the difference. "It's been close to amazing. If I'm in pain, I've learned simple exercises to stretch my back and my body and really help me do the daily activities I need to do to be a mom."
Other common pains during pregnancy include leg cramps and charley horses. With all the weight in front of a woman, the calves have a hard time balancing everything.