Reasons Behind Back Pain In Pregnancy And How To Prevent It
All you need to know about back pain in pregnancy...
19 February 2018
It’s common for pregnant women to face back pain around the second and third trimester, and luckily there’s a lot that can be done to ease the discomfort of back pain, and prevent it from turning to into a more serious problem.
As for women who had back pain before getting pregnant, they will probably find it more advanced during pregnancy. And there’s no need for pregnant mums with back pain to worry, as it rarely causes any difficulties in labour.
And back pain in pregnancy is divided into 2 categories: true back pain and pelvic girdle pain and here’s how they differ and what causes each.
True Back Pain
This pain happens when the ligaments, which are the tough and flexible muscles that connect bones to each other, muscles, discs and joints are all tense and strained because of some wrong lifting techniques, poor posture, weak muscles, or injuries. And women who suffered from any of the aforementioned are more likely to experience it more intense during pregnancy.
True back pain usually tends to get worse towards the end of the day, or when you’ve been on your feet all day long. And that’s because the muscles get tired and the ligaments stretched from the weight of the mum and baby.
Pelvic Girdle Pain
This pain occurs only after pregnancy and as a result of it. And it needs to be dealt with very differently from true back pain. In some cases, when a woman feels pain around the pubic bone at the front, that may be a sign of having symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which is a condition associated with particular ligaments in the pelvis.
How to Prevent Back Pain
Being as fit as possible before getting pregnant is probably the key to preventing back pain during pregnancy. However, if you’re already pregnant, working on your fitness won’t cut it as it’s too late, but you can still exercise weekly to cut the chances of having back pain.
Keep in mind to avoid heavy exercise and weights while exercising, start slowly, and check your posture. Also check out simple back care advice with a fitness trainer to prevent developing any problems.
When lifting things, keep the object close to your chest, and bend your knees rather than your back. Also try not to twist.