Would exercise make my back pain better? I recently had a baby, and my back started hurting during pregnancy.

Good physical conditioning is best in any situation. However, some types of exercises for the back and pelvis, such as lying face down and lifting one leg, have actually been shown to worsen pain and fatigue in women with back pain after pregnancy. Learning how to move and lift safely and how to use a pelvic belt are two things that can help. It might also help to know that a "tincture of time" (usually about six months) may be needed before symptoms go away. If your pain is getting worse, is too much to bear, or is not going away after about six months, talk to your health care advisor.