Pregnancy Back Pain
The most important and safe remedy for the treatment of early pregnancy back pain is exercising. This is mainly because certain medications for back related pain is contraindicated during early pregnancy. Walking, pelvic rocking, bridging (done by lying down on the floor, bending your knees and lifting your buttocks into air), mini-crunches (done by lying down on the floor), bending your knees and lifting your head on exhalation, are good exercises for relief from pack pain during early pregnancy.
Back pain is a very common feature of pregnancy, due to the extra pressure that the body has to bear because of weight in the front. The extra weight comes from carrying the baby and also from bloated breasts. All this adds to having to sleep in uncomfortable positions and not being comfortable even while sitting or standing.
Proper exercise can make this adaptation much easier for your body. Abdominal muscles require proper exercise to build strong joints around the pelvic region. As abdomen is the place where baby grows, a weak skeletal system can exert a lot of pressure on the muscles in lower back. This extensive pressure can cause pain in the back.
Some women have very severe back pain while sleeping during their pregnancy. The most important thing you can do is to avoid sleeping on your back during pregnancy. Lying on your back, or in the supine position, compresses major arteries and veins, namely the inferior vena cava and the aorta.
Some women have reported of decrease in backache during pregnancy by avoiding stress and taking up meditation. You can meditate and relax your body by sitting calmly and closing your eyes. You can also put on some soft music to help you to meditate.
With the growth of the uterus, a women’s center of gravity shifts forward. This gradually results in a change in the posture and movement style and may often lead to backache. Hormonal changes are a normal part of pregnancy and can cause the ligaments between our pelvic bones to often and our joints to loosen in preparation for the baby’s passage through pelvis during birth.
One good form of pregnancy exercise is walking which is suitable for working the leg muscles with minimal impact and strain to the joints. Walking outdoors can be more interesting if you vary the routes and include small inclines some days to challenge yourself. Consider walking with a partner or friend to make the workout more fun and time will pass quickly.
Breast-feeding can also be hard on your back, as you hunch over while feeding your infant. Feeding a hungry baby takes patience and good positioning. It is important not to slump or round your shoulders while breast-feeding. To avoid back pain, sit in a comfortable chair and support your baby with a pillow.
Pregnancy back pain generally occurs due to action of hormone progesterone, being released in the woman’s body. It softens (relaxes) the ligaments and discs in the back, which are responsible for supporting the upper body.