Experts at MEDCARE shine light on the correct treatment plan to combat back pain during pregnancy
29 November 2018| Last updated on 4 December 2018
It is very common to get backache or back pain during pregnancy
More than 50% of pregnant ladies may experience back pain especially during the second and third trimesters. There are many causes for back pain during pregnancy that includes the following:
During pregnancy, a hormone called Relaxin is secreted that causes loosening of the joints and ligaments causing back pain.
As your uterus grows, there will be a progressive increase in the anterior convex shape of the lumbar spine. This change is called lumbar lordosis. This will help keep the center of gravity stable. This change by itself can put strain on the muscles of the back causing mainly low back pain.
During a healthy pregnancy, women typically women gain between 10-15 kgs. The spine has to support that weight. That can cause lower back pain.
Stress can cause muscle tension in your back causing back pains.
Preventing and treating back pain in pregnancy
Try the following tips:
- Avoid lifting heavy objects
- Avoid wearing high heels
- Squat to pick up something instead of bending over
- Keep your back straight and well supported when working, sitting or sleeping .For example, sleeping on your side with a pillow between the knees will take stress off your back. When sitting at a desk, place a rolled-up towel behind your back for support; rest your feet on a stool and sit up straight, with your shoulders back.
- Wearing a support belt may also help.
- Look for maternity support pillows.
- Try to get enough rest
- Massage or warm bath may help.
- Use a firm mattress to support your back properly
- Regular light safe exercise can ease the stress on your spine and strengthen your muscles. This includes walking, swimming, and stationary cycling. Yoga and acquanatal exercises might also help.
- Apply heating pad or hot water bottle on the painful area of your back.
- Your doctor might give you some medications to use that are safe for pregnancy.
- If your backache is very painful, your doctor might refer you to a physiotherapist.
Keep in mind that back pain should not be associated with abdominal cramping, bleeding or urinary symptoms. Otherwise, contact your doctor immediately.
Authored by Dr. Maya Alwan
Specialist Obstetrician and Gynecology
JBR and Motor City Medcare Medical Centers