During pregnancy, your body undergoes many physical, psychological, and emotional changes. With an average pregnancy weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds and the center of gravity shifts greatly affecting a woman’s low back and posture. Increased hormone levels, including relaxin promote ligamentous laxity in preparation for birth, but can also be problematic for some women if ligaments in the lumbosacral region, in particular, become too lax and create instability and pain. These various pregnancy changes may affect other aspects of the musculoskeletal system as well and produce tendonitis, and other less desirable changes. Dr. Cardamone can help diagnose as well as develop a safe treatment plan which may include such options as osteopathic manipulation, sacral support orthoses, targeted physical therapy by physical therapists accustomed to treating pregnancy related pain, specific home exercise programs, aqua therapy, massages, topical medications, certain injections, or acupuncture.