Due to changes in a women’s body during pregnancy, it is inevitable to fall victim to the uncomfortable sensation of back pain and in fact 50-75% of pregnant women do experience some form of backache over the course of their pregnancy. This article will cover a number of causes and the methods that can be used to alleviate these pains.
What causes the pain?
Over the course of pregnancy, many of the ligaments within the body become naturally suppler and flexible, in order to account for the stretching required for labour to take place. This in turn can cause feelings of strain to areas of the lower back or pelvic areas – creating a sense of back pain.
How can this pain be alleviated?
- Sleeping with a specialized crescent pillow to support the baby bump and resting on your side can reduce the pressure that is put on the back, reducing any sensations of pain.
- If the origins of the pain are from the lower back or tailbone region, correcting your posture and remaining more upright, as opposed to hunched over can relieve feelings of discomfort. When you are seated, you may find it helpful and more comfortable to support yourself with a cushion.
- Having your back massaged regularly, particular in the regions that you are experiencing the most concentrated pain. This can revitalize and relax the back muscle and release any tension in this region.
- Taking a specialized swim class for pregnancy has also been proven to provide relief and hydrotherapy is highly effective in the alleviation of muscle tension and pain.
- Investing in a maternity or support strap. This device can be used to uphold the weight of the baby and reduce the strain that is taken on by the back and tummy.
- Use hot water bottles or heat patches to relieve areas of back pain when you are on the move. These can release the tension in your back and reduce the sensation of pain that you may be experiencing. When at home, taking warm baths with the use of safe, relaxing oils can also reduce the strain that your muscles may be undergoing, as well as relaxing the rest of the body and mind too.
When it comes to treating back pain during pregnancy, a number of the above methods should be used in combination and also carried out during the early stages of pregnancy. Supporting and taking care of the back, prior to any additional strains, will lead to the body being better able to cope with future changes and adjust faster after birth.