IAN HOOTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY IAN HOOTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Pregnant woman stretching while seated on the floor. Prenatal exercises, often involving stretching of the spine and pelvis, help to strengthen muscles in the back and hips. They also partly remove the pressure of the foetus on the spine, thereby relieving backache, which is a common problem towards the end of pregnancy. This woman is eight months (32 weeks) pregnant.
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