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30 Jun 2017

Pregnancy is one of the most important phases in a women life. The joy and the happiness cannot be compared to anything in the universe. However, with pregnancy comes a physical challenge. Back pain is common during pregnancy and is expected to happen to most of the women during pregnancy. The good news is that the baby is growing and that’s exactly the reason for back pain during pregnancy.

The back pain usually occurs especially in lower back pain during pregnancy when the pelvis meets the spine, at the sacroiliac joint. The most common causes of increased back pain are,

• When you are pregnant you will definitely gain weight. The growing baby, as well as the uterus, put on the pressure on the on the blood vessels and the nerves in the pelvis and the back and that why one experience pain majority in the lower back.

• Change in posture is another reason for the pain in the back. This happens unknowingly. The way you move and adjust your posture directly strains your back

• The birth process involves the creation of a hormone known as relaxin that enables the ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and also loosen the joints for the process of birth.

• As the uterus expands the parallel sheets of muscles that run from the rib cage to the pubic bone start separating along the center seam. This adds to the back pain

What are the treatments one can consider during pregnancy?

If you are not suffering from a chronic back pain the good news is that the pain will ease out, post delivery. To ease out the back pain during pregnancy one can,

• Regularly exercise and strengthen the muscles and boost the flexibility. Swimming, walking, stationary cycling and most importantly yoga can help

• Applying either heat or cold to the back may offer some ease. You can always ask your doctor what is best for you. Ensure that you do apply heat in the abdominal area.

• Try and improve your postures. I know is difficult however it will happen when you try and do it often. Working, sitting and sleeping can be the initial considerations. Keep a rolled up towel behind your back and keep your legs at an elevated position with the help of stack of books or a stool.

• To can take an advice from your counselor and your doctor who will be able to advise you on other methods as well. Other methods include acupuncture and chiropractic, however, none of these should be done prior recommendation of the doctor.


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