I just found out that I'm pregnant. Are there any exercises to keep my back from hurting later in my pregnancy?

Yes. You can take some steps to counteract the extra back strain that is sometimes felt during pregnancy. A careful exercise program can help. The program should build your endurance, strength, and flexibility. Exercises that focus on the lower back and abdomen can help take the strain off your lower back. Strengthening the muscles of your thighs can help them take some of the strain off the back, too. Don't forget to do mild cardiovascular exercises too, such as walking or swimming.

Whatever you do, don't overdo it. Don't do too much or ignore symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, or pain. Make sure you tell your doctor about your exercise program. You might find it helpful to work with a physical or occupational therapist to develop an exercise program just for you.