Back pain early pregnancy
Pregnant women are prone to backaches and back pain for a number of reasons. During pregnancy, the joints and ligaments in your pelvic region begin to soften and loosen in preparation for the baby to pass through your pelvis. As your uterus grows, your abdominal organs shift and your body weight is redistributed, changing your center of gravity. In response, you begin to adjust your posture and the ways you move. These compensations often lead to backaches and back pain.
To allow your baby to pass through your pelvis during birth, the joints in your pelvic area begin to soften and loosen. Sometimes, the panels of muscle running along the front of your abdomen will separate under pressure from your expanding uterus. As well, the growing weight of your fetus changes your center of gravity, causing you to compensate by adjusting your posture. All of these factors may result in back pain during your last two trimesters.
What is back pain early pregnancy and why does back pain early pregnancy happen?
Ever seen a heavily pregnant woman push her hands into the small of her back and wince? Back pain affects as many as three-quarters of women in pregnancy. Hormones again – this time it’s something called relaxin, which is released in the body with the aim of making the joints and ligaments – especially in the pelvic region – more flexible in preparation for birth. Great, but the flipside is that it leaves your body vulnerable to pain and injury, your back included. On top of that, there’s the extra weight you’re carrying around the front which affects your posture for the worst.
In most cases, pregnancy back pain will ease at some point after your baby is born – unfortunately, you may find you’re still suffering for a while as the effects of relaxin continue, often exacerbated by all the lifting and lugging you’ll be doing once you’ve got a baby.
What can I do about back pain early pregnancy ?
- Exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles will also reduce the tension in your back. Exercise (swim, walk or stretch) at least three times a week. Consider joining a prenatal exercise or yoga class.Boring but true: regular, gentle exercise such as yoga, Pilates or swimming can help to prevent and ease backache. Strengthening your abdominal muscles is especially important, as they perform such an important role in supporting your back: try doing some pelvic tilts or ‘cat’ stretches daily.
- Change position often, and avoid standing for long periods of time.Paying attention to your posture is vital: try to avoid standing for long.
- To minimize the discomfort, you should try to maintain a correct posture, with your pelvis tucked in and your shoulders back. Lift correctly. Don’t bend over at the waist. Instead, squat down, bend your knees, and lift with your legs rather than your back
- Avoid lifting heavy objects or children.periods and avoid lifting anything heavy (but if you must, make sure you bend from the knees).
- Practice good posture. Tuck your buttocks under, pull your shoulders back and downward, and stand straight and tall. Be aware of how you stand, sit and move.Sit with your feet slightly elevated, try not to stand for long periods and sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees and one under your abdomen. Check the position of your computer and chair, if you work at a desk.
- Ditch the high heels, as these can just make things worse. Wear supportive, low-heeled or flat shoes.
- Place one foot on a low stool when you have to stand for a long time.
- Try to avoid sudden reaching movements or stretching your arms high over your head.
- Sleep on your side with one knee or both knees bent. Place a pillow between your knees and another one under your abdomen. You may also find relief by placing a regular pillow or a specially shaped body pillow under your abdomen.
- Apply heat to your back. Try warm bath soaks, warm wet towels, a hot water bottle or a heating pad. Some people find relief by alternating ice packs with heat.
- Wear maternity pants with a low, supportive waistband. Or consider using a maternity support belt.
- Have a back massage or practice relaxation techniques.Massage can help: go to a qualified professional therapist aimed at mums-to-be, or rope in your partner and get him to try some of the techniques outlined in the box below.
- If it’s very bad, your doctor may prescribe pain relief medication, or refer you to a physiotherapist or other specialist.
Could back pain early pregnancy be serious?
For some women, back pain early pregnancy , especially if it’s linked to pelvic girdle pain, can be so severe it affects their ability to walk or move around. Let your midwife know if you’re really suffering, as you can have physiotherapy.
When to seek medical help
If your back pain is severe, tell this to your care provider. He or she may suggest a variety of approaches, such as special stretching exercises, to alleviate the pain. Also contact your care provider if your back pain lasts four to six hours or longer or if you’re also experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Cramping or abdominal pain
- Passing of tissue from the vagina
- Regular uterine contractions (every 10 minutes or more often), which may feel like a tightening in your abdomen
- A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the pelvis or lower abdomen
- Watery discharge (clear, pink or brownish fluid) leaking from your vagina
- Menstrual-like cramps, which may come and go and may be accompanied by diarrhea
Massage for back pain early pregnancy
Optional Video :Low Back Pain and Pregnancy explained by Spokane Chiropractor