Everyone knows labor and delivery is painful, but what about the rest of pregnancy? Here, a list of the most common pregnancy-related aches and pains, why they happen and — thankfully — what you can do about them. Back pain — either lower or upper, between your shoulder blades — typically appears during the second trimester and is a result of your growing uterus.
Stretching helps lengthen your muscles and loosen your entire body to make you more comfortable while you're pregnant, whether you're walking around the grocery store, working out, or just lounging around. Although stretching is always a treat, it can feel especially heavenly during pregnancy, when your body can really benefit. As your pregnancy progresses, your posture shifts to redistribute the weight of your growing baby belly and breasts. For many women, this can result in tightness in the lower back , neck and chest. The good news: Stretching, especially when it's done daily, can help alleviate pain during pregnancy and improve your range of motion, which can mean a smoother and more comfortable pregnancy.