By Kimberly Zapata, December 08, 2021

There are many potential causes for upper back pain in pregnancy, including stress and hormonal changes. The hormone relaxin, for example, prepares a person’s body for pregnancy and childbirth—but it can cause some unwanted side effects, like body aches and pains. “Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause a laxity of the ligaments and muscular tone, causing them to work harder—and thus additionally causing pain,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., a Bronx-based double board-certified OB-GYN.

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