Back Pain During Pregnancy

October 8, 2011 by  
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Back pain is extremely common during pregnancy. As a matter of fact, 50-70% of pregnant women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Although it can occur at any point between conception and childbirth, it is most frequently troublesome late in a pregnancy. There are things that can be done to help manage back pain.

Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy

  • Implantation- Many women experience low back pain during early pregnancy when the newly formed embryo implants into your uterus. This can cause aching pain and cramping in your back.
  • Hormonal Changes- When you are expecting, your body produces a wide variety of hormones, one of which is called relaxin. Relaxin’s job is to relax and loosen the tissues of your body in order to help prepare for childbirth. This causes shifting of the joints and laxity in the muscles and ligaments that normally support your body and your spine, resulting in discomfort.
  • Changes to Your Posture- Your body is growing and changing each day. Your belly is growing and stretching along with the fetus that is inside. This causes the muscles and bones in your body to readjust in new and different ways. Your spine curves backward to compensate for a shift in your center of gravity as your abdomen protrudes. This can cause pressure and tension in your spine.
  • Weight gain- As your baby grows your weight increases and your back gets strained from supporting the extra weight.
  • Improper Bending- Heavy lifting, twisting, bending, and prolonged sitting can make your back hurt. You can prevent back pain by being aware of how you stand, sit and move.
  • Stress- Stress adds tension to the body and can contribute to pain anywhere. With the extra pressure that pregnancy places on your spine, the back is a very common place to experience stress tension. Try out some of our stress relieving tips.

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  • The following are things you can do to reduce the amount of back pain you are experiencing. Sometimes it is not possible to eliminate pain completely, but the following tips can help dramatically.
  • Practice good posture- Stand with your hips and pelvis tucked in and your shoulders back and head up.
  • When sleeping or resting, lie on your side with your knees and hips bent. Try placing a pillow between your knees and one under your belly. This can help take pressure off your low back. There are also some great pregnancy pillows that can help make you more comfortable.
  • Wear good shoes. Heels and unsupportive shoes can contribute to spinal discomfort.
  • When you sit, elevate your feet slightly. Try to take breaks from sitting at least every half hour. Don’t cross your legs.
  • Practice safe lifting and bending. To lower your body, bend at the knees instead of the waist. Use your thigh muscles to push yourself back up without using your back.
  • Try a pregnancy support belt.
  • If you will be standing for extended periods of time, try to keep one of your feet elevated on a low stool.
  • Exercise regularly to support and strengthen your back.
  • Pregnancy massage(prenatal massage) is excellent for keeping your body loose and free of pain.
  • Get your partner or friend to practice hands on pregnancy pain relief techniques on your body.
  • Chiropractic visits can help prevent back pain.
  • Acupunture can help keep you balanced and prevent you from aching
  • Prenatal Yoga can help keep your body loose and comfortable.
  • Be sure you are getting adequate Calcium and Magnesium in your diet
  • Drink plenty of fluids

Treatment for Back Pain During Pregnancy

  • Use ice or heat.
  • Take acetaminophen for pain.
  • See a chiropractor, massage therapist, or acupuncturist.
  • Use a pregnancy belt or support device.
  • When lying down use a pregnancy pillow.
  • Have your partner help you with hands on techniques such as those in the Pregnancy Pain Relief Book.
  • Herbal Medicine.
  • Take a warm bath

When You Should Call Your Doctor

  • Your back pain is very intense.
  • Your back pain is getting increasingly worse or you have sudden stabbing pain.
  • You have rhythmic back pain that feels like menstrual cramps.








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Back Pain at Night

October 6, 2011 by  
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nightSleepMany women suffer with pregnancy back pain at night. This type of night back pain in pregnancy is called nocturnal back pain. You may have it on its own, or concurrently with low back or sacroiliac pain.

There are a couple of different theories as to why night back pain develops during pregnancy. One theory is that it is caused by muscle fatigue from being active all day. By the end of the day, your body becomes more fatigued, and thus you feel more discomfort toward the evening hours.

The second theory is that nocturnal back pain is due to water retention. This can lead to edema and an increased volume of blood. This additional water in the body can place pressure on the spinal nerves and muscles, resulting in backaches.

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. This decreases circulation and allows fluid pressure to build up in the pelvis, which places pressure on the spinal nerves.

As your fetus grows, it also puts more and more pressure on your arteries and veins. The farther along you are in your pregnancy, the more important it is to avoid sleeping on your back. The healthiest sleeping position for you and your baby is on your sides. Resting on your left side will place the least amount of pressure on your spine.

In addition to side sleeping, supporting the uterus can help alleviate night back pain. To properly support your uterus, lay on your side with pillows under your abdomen and between your legs. This will help to support your uterus and keep your spine in a neutral position. There are several wonderful pregnancy pillows that can help to make sleeping much more comfortable.

It is also important to make special efforts during the day to adjust your posture in ways that will help prevent muscle fatigue. Be sure to take frequent breaks from standing or sitting. If you must sit or stand for long periods of time, elevate one foot on a low stool or foot rest. Also, wear good, supportive shoes, and avoid wearing high heeled shoes, which place extra strain on the

It is also possible to manage pregnancy back pain at night by maintaining a regular exercise program. Regular exercise will help strengthen and support the spine, therefore helping to minimize strain and muscle fatigue. Exercise and postural adjustments will help to minimize night time back pain, but may not completely prevent it.

Many women find pain relief in alternative approaches such as acupuncture and massage therapy, though this relief may be only temporary. There are a variety of gentle hands on techniques that can be performed at home, which are also beneficial for relieving pregnancy related back pain.

Unfortunately, anti-inflammatory medications such as motrin, advil, and aspirin are contraindicated during pregnancy. The only pain reliever considered safe during pregnancy is acetaminophen.

Soaking in a hot tub or whirlpool is not recommended during pregnancy. You may however find a warm, not hot, bath can soothe your sore back. Try adding Epsom salt to a warm bath to help relieve pain.




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Pregnancy Pains and Discomforts

September 1, 2009 by  
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pprBookCover_thumbDo you want to feel great and be comfortable?

The Pregnancy Pain Relief book will provide you with to knowledge you  need to stay comfortable throughout your pregnancy. 

This safe, effective, and simple to apply technique book gives you the information you need to get out of pain and discomfort quickly. Read more…….

List of pains and discomforts you may experience.

Click on the link below to read more about your specific pain or discomfort, and find out what you can do to feel better.

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