Pregnancy is extremely hard on the mother-to-be’s lower back as well as in her neck and shoulders. Examine the spine of an expectant mother from the side and it’s easy to understand why they’re often in pain. Due to the increased development of the breast tissue, the shoulders round forward, placing tremendous pressure on the neck and shoulders. Additionally, the weight of the growing child places the lower back in a strenuous position.

The nine months of pregnancy brings many hormonal changes that relax the ligaments that stabilize the lower back and pelvis. As the pelvis rotates in the front, the muscles of the lower back become short and tight, causing an increase in pressure on the pain sensitive joints of the lower back, producing lingering pain.