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8 Simple Ways to Manage Back Pain During Pregnancy

Posted on October 30, 2023

Low back pain during pregnancy is a common issue and can be caused by a combination of factors related to the changes in a woman’s body as it adapts to the growing fetus. Some of the main causes of low back pain during pregnancy include:

  1. Hormonal Changes: During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which helps relax the uterine muscles and soften the cervix. However, relaxin also affects other ligaments and muscles in the body, including those in the lower back, making them more prone to strain and discomfort.
  2. Weight Gain: As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll gain weight, which can put added stress on the lower back. This extra weight can cause the spine to curve more than usual, leading to increased strain and potential pain.
  3. Changes in Center of Gravity: As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts forward. To compensate, you may adjust your posture, which can strain the lower back muscles and lead to pain.
  4. Postural Changes: As the pregnancy advances, the changing shape of the uterus and the growing baby can cause changes in posture, including an increased arch in the lower back. Poor posture, such as slouching, can exacerbate back pain.
  5. Muscle Imbalance: The abdominal muscles weaken during pregnancy, while the back muscles have to work harder to support the growing belly. This muscle imbalance can lead to lower back pain.
  6. Ligament Stretching: The ligaments that support the uterus and the pelvis can stretch and soften during pregnancy, contributing to lower back pain.
  7. Stress and Tension: The emotional and psychological stresses of pregnancy can manifest physically as tension in the back muscles, leading to pain and discomfort.
  8. Sciatica: The pressure on the sciatic nerve by the growing uterus can cause sharp, shooting pains that radiate from the lower back into the buttocks and legs.
  9. Preexisting Conditions: If you had a history of back problems or conditions before becoming pregnant, these issues can become more pronounced during pregnancy.

To manage and alleviate low back pain during pregnancy, consider the following strategies:

  1. Maintain good posture.
  2. Use proper body mechanics when lifting or carrying objects.
  3. Use supportive footwear.
  4. Sleep on a firm mattress with a pregnancy pillow.
  5. Engage in gentle exercises recommended by your healthcare provider.
  6. Apply heat or cold packs to the affected area.
  7. Consider physical therapy or prenatal chiropractic care. (Try to find one that is Webster Certified through the ICPA.)
  8. Use a maternity support belt to help with abdominal support.

Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise or treatment to ensure it’s safe for you and your pregnancy. If you experience severe or persistent back pain, consult your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying issues.

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