Among pregnancy problems, backache seems to be one of the most common. According to some surveys, about 50 percent of pregnant women suffer from this problem. While morning sickness usually happen in the early pregnancy, backache starts in the second half of pregnancy period.
Causes of back pain in pregnant women
– Excessive weight: Women usually gain between 25 and 35 pounds during their pregnancy, which requires the support from your back. The more heavy you become, the more pressure your back has to suffer.
– Increased hormone: When a woman gets pregnant, her body starts to produce a type of hormone called relaxin which makes the ligaments in the pelvic area softer and the joints looser as a careful preparation for the birth process later. This change is another possible cause of back pain.
– Posture changes: Poor posture, excessive standing, and bending are considered to be the contributors of backache.
– Muscle separation: The expansion of uterus results in the separation of rectus abdominal muscles which run from the rib cage to the pubic bone. This separation makes the backache worse.
– Stress: The pressure or worry during pregnancy may cause muscle tension in the back. That’s why you usually suffer an increasing terrible pain in your back when you are in extremely bad mood during your pregnancy period.
How can back pain be treated?
Here are some simple but useful tips for you to overcome this health problem during pregnancy:
- Be aware of your limit
Don’t try to lift heavy objects. If you have to lift or pick up something from the floor, remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight.
- Improve postures
– Don’t stand or sit for a long time.
– Choose the chairs that have supportive backs or use pillows at your back. Remember to sit up straight.
– Wear flat shoes, avoid high heels and other types of shoes that do not provide adequate support.
– In case you have a toddler, don’t forget to kneel or squat to pick up your child. Or more carefully, sit down and let your child climb up onto your lap.
- Have a proper sleeping
– You are suggested to sleep on your side, not your back. Keep one or both knees bent. You can also use pregnancy or support pillows between your bent knees, under your abdomen and behind your back. This makes your sleep more comfortable.
– Sleep on a firm mattress.
- Take exercises
Doing physical exercises are necessary for strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility, which can reduce the pain in your back. You are recommended to spend time walking, swimming and cycling or doing other suitable physical activities.
This is a traditional form of Chinese medicine which involves in the process of using thin needles to be inserted into certain points on your body. Studies have pointed out that this method is effective in easing low back pain during pregnancy.
A chiropractor with excellent skill can help you release your pain. However, look for a licensed health care professional to reduce undue risks during the treatment.