- Avoid lifting heavy objects—ask your partner or a friend to help you.
- If you have to pick something up, bend your knees and keep your back straight.
- Wear flat, supportive shoes to evenly distribute your weight.
- Consider an prenatal yoga class—you’ll be shown safe, gentle back stretches.
- Keep exercising. You may need to adjust the intensity depending on how you are feeling and what your doctor says.
- Get as much rest as possible, especially as your due date draws nearer.
- Run a warm bath to soothe aches and help your muscles relax.
- Gently bend, stretch, and rotate your feet to help prevent leg cramps.
- Swollen ankles? Keep hydrated and rest with your feet up. Avoid crossing your legs and wear loose clothing and shoes.
- If you need pain relief, check with your doctor first to learn which medications are safe during pregnancy.
- For pelvic pain, speak to your doctor—they can refer you to a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health.
- If you think you could be having contractions, read our Signs of labour checklist.
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