During her recent pregnancy, MTV’s reality show star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, had many skeptics wondering if she would accept the responsibility of motherhood based on rambunctious past. Who can say what the future holds, but despite the doubt, she took on the task of pregnancy head-on, with her usual pride, wearing high-heels and animal print the entire nine months without fail.
Although Snooki loved the joy (and attention) of being pregnant, the inevitable gaining weight that pregnancy can cause was something she did not. Luckily for Snooki, her best frenemy and cast mate, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, kept her motivated and in shape with a fitness routine that included back strengthening exercises, prenatal yoga, and cardio.
Snooki’s motivation to stay fit may have been appearance driven, but that fact remains that weight gain during pregnancy may contribute to lower back pain, a common complaint of many pregnant women, as any Chiropractor Freehold New Jersey region specialist could tell you.
Exercising during pregnancy, however, can alleviate lower back pain, and unless there is a medical exception, pregnant women are recommended to exercise three to five times a week for approximately 15-30 minutes at moderate intensity, very similar to the recommendations given to the general population.
Although the health benefits are unmistakable, a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine discovered that not enough pregnant women get the recommended amount of exercise – 85.4% to be exact. The study found that women who exercised the recommended amount were less likely to report low back pain than those who did not.