Pregnancy and Low Back Pain, What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Back pain and pregnancy tips on what you can do to make your pregnancy and lower back pain a little easier.

Normal weight gain during pregnancy is around 35 pounds, but many women I’ve met during my twenty-year midwifery career gained 35 pounds to 70 pounds during pregnancy. The stress of sudden weight gain during the short cycle of pregnancy can cause back pain and pregnancy misery.

Posture change during pregnancy:

Pregnancy and lower back pain happen because of pregnancy weight gain and the automatic adjustments your body makes in posture to accommodate the growing uterus. This change in posture is called gestational lordosis. Upper and lower back pain and pregnancy lordosis go hand in hand because your spine is super curved, elongated, and your chest and hips come out pulling and stretching your back muscles.

Pregnancy hormones:

On top of that, back pain and pregnancy go hand in hand due to the high levels of pregnancy hormones you produce. Pregnancy hormones have a relaxing effect on many muscles in your body to accommodate the muscle tension required during pregnancy. Relaxed muscles are not as supportive as spine and abdominal muscles, so many women complain of back pain and pregnancy shoulder stress.

Pregnancy pelvic changes:

The female pelvis is made up of many different bones. As you near the end of your pregnancy, the baby cannot fit into a normal-sized woman’s pelvis until the pelvis opens and expands. The pelvis has two main joints; one to the right of your waist and one to the left with a hinge joint at the very back end of your spine.

Back pain and the pulling and straining of pregnancy ligaments are a direct result of the opening of your pelvis, which will allow your baby’s head to slide in or out of the cavity of your pelvis. Pregnancy and lower back pain are also caused by the excessive pressure felt deep in your pelvis as your baby sits and waits for labor to begin.

Taken all these factors together, it is not unusual for pregnant women to experience back pain. So, if you have a backache right away, start doing something to prevent your back pain from getting worse or out of control.

How to help minimize symptoms associated with pregnancy and low back pain:

I would definitely recommend taking nice warm baths, putting nice warm compresses on your back, or better yet, getting a back massage to help with your pregnancy and lower back pain.

I would definitely recommend that every pregnant woman see a chiropractor during pregnancy. Many traditional obstetricians, gynecologists, and midwives are a little afraid to send women to a chiropractor simply because they are simply not informed about what chiropractors actually do. A chiropractor can help your spine adapt more easily to all the posture changes that occur during your pregnancy and can relieve pain associated with pulled and strained muscles associated with pregnancy and lower back pain.

Other than that, let’s take a look at what you can do for your own body to help minimize back pain and pregnancy. Wearing a good supportive bra during your pregnancy will support the increased breast weight and lift your breasts up so they don’t feel too heavy. This will relieve much of the upper back stress associated with pregnancy and lower back pain.

There are also many pregnancy stomach binders created to help support the weight of your growing uterus that can help relieve back pain and pregnancy ligament discomfort.

Many women focus on trendy shoes during pregnancies that do not support their posture and feet and wear shoes that are ridiculous. I can’t believe how many pregnant women out there are wearing ridiculously high or low shoes. Remember, as your pregnancy progresses, all the bones and muscles in your feet stretch.

Take good care of the shoes you wear throughout your pregnancy and ask yourself these questions to assess the importance of your feet:

Do you have a good supportive arch in your shoes?

Are your shoes nice and wide to accommodate the increased growth and expansion of my foot associated with the extra blood volume and swelling that occurs during pregnancy?

Can your foot slip easily out of your shoes? Otherwise, you may trip and fall and injure yourself or your baby.

The more you know about pregnancy, the better choices you will make. Better choices mean a happier, healthier mom and baby. Pregnancy can be an extraordinary experience for a woman. It’s so much more than raising a baby and understanding pregnancy and lower back pain.

Pregnancy has a great emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic side. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less symptomatic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to the normal physiological process of pregnancy and lower back pain.

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