During pregnancy you may experience backache. It is a common symptom and it affects many expectant mummies. It comes at little surprise if you think about it. You’re gaining weight rather quickly, and along with the size of your baby bump, this shifts your centre of gravity. To counteract the feeling of toppling over, you overcompensate by leaning back when you walk, which puts strain on your lower back.
Add a dose of pregnancy hormones, relaxing the pelvic joints, and you can see where the discomfort comes from.. Your pelvis is support to your spine, and when it starts to wobble, the area can become painful and inflamed. Your expanding uterus is also to blame, as it starts to stretch the stomach muscles, which struggle to support your torso, so the back steps up to help out, adding more pressure.
As you can see, backache during pregnancy is caused by a number of factors. Most of the time, that uncomfortable feeling is just temporary and will pass but there are a few ways you can help to relieve backache during pregnancy.
Types of backache during pregnancy
There are two types of back pain that are most common during pregnancy.
- Posterior pelvic pain
Lumbar pain occurs in the lumbar vertebrae in your lower back. It is a common complaint even for those who are not pregnant, so you have most likely experienced it before you became pregnant. It is normally the result of sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. You will feel the pain radiating around your lower spine, waist and legs.
Posterior pelvic pain is felt in the back of your pelvis. This pain will hit you further down south, and you will feel it in your buttocks and the sides of your thighs. Activities like climbing stairs, lying down and getting up will trigger the pain.
Many women usually display a combination of both types of backache during pregnancy.
What can you do to relieve backache during pregnancy?
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