How to Handle Back Pain in Pregnancy

As joyful as pregnancy is, it also comes with a lot of inconveniences. Hello, morning sickness, heart burn, and back pain! Back pain is especially hard to handle because the further along you are in pregnancy the more pressure and weight is placed on your feet and hips, which in turn causes stress and pain on the back and spine. Remember, back pain in pregnancy is common, but if the pain is unbearable, it is wise to see a doctor. Until your bouncing bundle of joy arrives, here are a few tips to ease the pain.

1. Keep Exercising Throughout Pregnancy:

All pregnant women can agree that the last thing they want to do when they are seven months pregnant is to workout. Even though you feel huge and out of breath half of the time, exercise is still essential. No matter what trimester you are in, try to walk and do light aerobics for 30-60 minutes a day, four days a week. Regular exercise will minimize your back pain. Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise regiment.

Try to partake in regular stretches and easy yoga moves daily too. Stretching helps the body release tension, while helping you stay flexible and limber.

2. Warm Baths Can Help:

While back pain in pregnancy can be caused by a number of different things, it is most likely because you are on your feet too often or trying to do too much. A warm bath will help alleviate the pain, as well as help you to rest and relax. Add lavender essential oils to the bath to help you sleep better at night. A good night’s rest is also key for managing back pain.

3. Get a Prenatal Massage:

American Pregnancy Association says, “Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.” We could not agree with them more. It is very important to see a licensed masseuse who specialized in prenatal massage. If you are in your first trimester, it is wise to avoid getting a massage until you are past twelve weeks. There is some concern that a massage done early in the pregnancy can cause miscarriage.

4. Seek Chiropractic Treatments:

During pregnancy, the body moves and shifts to accommodate the growing child, as well as to prepare the body for labor. Pregnancy hormones and weight gain can cause a misalignment of joints and the spine which can be very painful, causing pain in the hips and lower back. Natural Childbirth Education shares the benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy. They include the following:

  •     Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  •     Controlling symptoms of nausea
  •     Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  •     Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  •     Prevent a potential cesarean section

All chiropractors are taught how to care for pregnant women, though some specialize in prenatal care. Find a chiropractor that you feel comfortable with and get regular adjustments throughout the pregnancy, as well as post-partum.

Don’t let back pain ruin your pregnancy. This is the time to be happy and glowing, not stuck in bed with a sore back. Don’t ignore your back pain! Ignoring your back pain throughout pregnancy can result in a hard labor, as well as potential back pain after pregnancy.