Pregnancy and Back Pain

Back pain or discomfort is common during pregnancy and effects up to three quarters of women throughout their pregnancies. Back pain may be experienced during any point of your pregnancy; however, it most commonly occurs in the third trimester as the weight of the baby increases. Back pain can disrupt your daily routine and interfere with a good night’s sleep. With the right steps you can manage the back pain that you experience fairly easily.
What causes back pain during pregnancy?

Back pain during pregnancy is related to a number of factors. Some women begin to experience lower back pain with the onset of pregnancy. Women who are most at risk for back pain are those who are overweight, had back pain prior to pregnancy, or those who are having two or more babies.
Potential causes of back pain or discomfort during pregnancy include:
Increase of hormones – Hormones released during pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine.
Center of gravity – Your center of gravity will gradually move forward as your uterus and baby grow, which causes your posture to change.
Additional weight – Your developing pregnancy and baby create additional weight that your back is forced to support.
Posture or position – Poor posture, excessive standing, and bending over can all trigger pain in your back.
Stress – You may experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.
What can you do to help alleviate back pain?

Back pain may not be prevented completely, but there are things that you can do to reduce the severity or frequency. Here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the back pain you are experiencing:
Use pre-approved exercises by your physician that support and help strengthen the back and abdomen.
Squat to pick up objects versus bending over (this helps maintain your center of gravity.)
Avoid high heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support.
Avoid sleeping on your back. Sleep on your left side and use a support pillow under your knees.
Get plenty of rest. Also, elevate your feet whenever you can.
Wear a support belt under your lower abdomen.
Use a licensed health care professional such as a chiropractor or massage therapist.
If you find yourself suffering from back pain due to pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Ribley Family Chiropractic so that we can help get you relief.