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Learn how to cope with Back Pain when Pregnant

Pregnancy brings many physical changes that can often lead to more frequent aches and pains. Back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that can make sleeping and doing normal activities difficult. Knowing what to do for your back pain will help to keep you comfortable and functioning throughout your pregnancy.

Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy

Weight gain, hormonal changes, posture changes and muscle separation that often occurs during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing back pain. Follow your doctor’s guidelines on gaining weight during the pregnancy and consult with him or her about ongoing back pain that may occur.

How To Relieve Pregnancy-Related Back Pain

  • Regular exercise - Regular, gentle exercise can help to strengthen back muscles and abdominal muscles strong to prevent common back pain. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
  • Improving posture -Because the growing child changes the center of gravity in the body, you should take particular care with your posture during pregnancy. Make an effort to align your spine when walking, standing or sitting to relieve pressure on the vertebrae.
  • Hot and cold packs -Hot or cold packs help to loosen muscles and soothe nerve endings. A variety of types are on the market. Some types can be warmed in the microwave oven. Some ice packs contain a flexible gel that make it easy to fit the curves of the back.
  • Acupuncture - Acupuncture uses very fine needles inserted into particular points in the nervous system to block the sensation of pain. It can be an effective way to relieve back pain during pregnancy without the use of drugs that may be harmful to the fetus.
  • Chiropractic manipulation -Chiropractic manipulation is another way to deal with back pain while avoiding the use of medications. Always tell the chiropractic you are pregnant to avoid injury to yourself or the baby.
  • Psychological counseling -If tension or stress is contributing to your back pain, you may need counseling to get to the root of your stress and to learn techniques to deal with everyday emotional issues.
  • Change your sleep position -Sleeping on your back can make back pain worse during pregnancy. Consider the use of a body pillow to assist you in staying on your side while sleeping.
  • Choose comfortable footwear -Always wear comfortable footwear during pregnancy to avoid adding to pressure on back muscles and vertebrae.

Special Precautions During Pregnancy

Do not take pain relievers until you consult with your doctor. Over-the-counter pain medications are not recommended for use during pregnancy. Your physician will be able to recommend a pain medication that is safe for you and your baby. If pain becomes more severe or occurs in a rhythmic pattern, call your doctor for advice on what to do.


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