Soothing Your Back Pain During Pregnancy

back pain during pregnancy

Soothing Your Back Pain During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant and are experiencing back pain like never before, don’t worry, you are not alone at all. There are numerous ways to soothe it and here you can read on about why it is caused as well.

How common is back pain during pregnancy:

A lower back pain is a common complaint with pregnant women. There are numerous women who seek medical help as well. If your pain is tolerable, try to avoid medication. Speak to your doctor about it in your next visit if it is troubling you already. It is better to seek treatment or pain alleviation right at the beginning.

Causes of back pain during pregnancy:

The pain could be caused by multiple factors:

  • The expanding uterus causes the abdominal muscles to weaken and puts a strain on the lower back.
  • The growing uterus could also be exerting pressure on a nerve.
  • The added weight now is making your muscles do extra work and increasing the stress on your joints.
  • All your joints and ligaments which attach the pelvic bone to the spine are being loosened by various hormones now.

So if you are in a seated position for a long stretch, or stand or walk for a long time, bend, etc. you tend to feel a pain in your lower back.

What can you do then to alleviate the pain?

Ways to get pregnancy back pain relief:

  • Sleep on your sides and avoid sleeping on your back as much as possible.
  • Squat and pick up things from a lower position. Avoid bending over to pick them up.
  • Avoid wearing high heels, wear shoes that support your feet adequately.
  • Exercise your lower back after consulting your gynaecologist.
  • Talk to your gynaecologist about wearing a support belt under your lower abdomen.
  • Take as much rest as you can. Keeping your legs raised could be nice for your back.

A lot of people worry when the lower back pain moves to the buttocks and thighs too, thinking it might be sciatica. A herniated disk in the lower spine or a bulging disk could cause Sciatica. In Sciatica you could also experience severe leg pain, numbness in the genital-area, etc. But it is relatively uncommon and if you still have the symptoms check with your gynaecologist.