How to Manage Early Pregnancy Back Pain
Early pregnancy back pain is awful.
It can present in a few different ways and there are some tried and tested ways to manage it. One of the best ways to manage it is with the Back-A-Line Baby Your Back maternity support.
Let's look closely at the factors that contribute to back pain and the ways to get rid of it, including the Back-A-Line.
Back Pain in Pregnancy
Back pain is an extremely common issue in pregnancy, affecting between 50 to 70 percent of women during their tenure being pregnant.
This isn't really so surprising. Pregnant women are putting on weight, pelvis ligaments are loosening, and their center of gravity is changing.
Early pregnancy back pain is often felt where the pelvis and the spine meet. This area is called the sacroiliac joint. The weight of a growing baby can press on nerves in near the sacroiliac joint that can cause pain.
Back pain is most common in the later stages of pregnancy when the baby is at its greatest weight, but for some, back pain begins earlier, at any period of the second half of pregnancy.
Causes of Pregnancy Back Pain
Back pain can be due to stress, muscle separation, hormone changes, changes in posture, and weight gain. It can be caused by one of these factors or the interaction of several of them.
Pregnant women on average gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. This depends a lot of the weight of the women prior to pregnancy, and the pregnancy itself. Some women put on even more than this.
Most of the weight gain is uterus fluid to cushion the weight of the growing baby. This makes the center of gravity shift to the front of the body, adding strain to the lower back.
The hormone known as relaxin lets ligaments relax in preparation for the birth of the baby. This happens in the pelvic area, removing a support from the back. Relaxin can also loosen other ligaments supporting the spine.
When to See a Doctor
Small aches and pains are par for the course in pregnancy.
If a pregnant woman experiences severe pain, especially if it is abrupt, it's time to speak with a doctor.
Rhythmic cramping pains, 'pins and needles' in the hands or feet, and trouble urinating are other symptoms a doctor needs to know about. An extreme case of back-pain could be signs of vertebral osteoarthritis or septic arthritis. Rhythmic pains can point to preterm labor.
That's why it's so important to see a doctor if experiencing any of these.
Ways to Reduce Early Pregnancy Back Pain
If lower back pain is already affecting someone in the beginning of their pregnancy, finding an effective solution that can help manage and prevent pain is an important next step.
So let's look at what can be done to manage the pain. To lessen it or even wave it goodbye, the following list considers the best solutions for early pregnancy back pain.
This should only be with a doctor's approval. Yoga, pilates, water aerobics, and walking are all good ideas for gentle exercise during pregnancy. Many places offer pregnancy-specific classes of yoga, pilates and water aerobics.
Participants should always advise the instructor about their pregnancy before the class begins. The same goes for back pain. This way, the instructor can ensure movements are appropriate and won't cause any harm.
Gentle exercise has the benefit of improving posture. This will have a positive feedback on back aches as well.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine. Small pins are placed at strategic locations to release tension from nerves. It is thought to have benefits in pregnancy.
These include lowering stress, balancing hormones and improving blood flow. It can reduce discomfort for those with early pregnancy back pain.
Sleeping on one’s side at night can reduce back pain in the day. Placing a pillow between the knees and/or under the hip can give the back a break from the baby weight. It relieves strained nerves to reduce pain the next day.
There are many special cushions on the market for use in pregnancy. These methods can reduce and prevent back pain.
Back Support Belt
Support belts take pressure off the back by helping to support the lower abdomen. The Back-A-Line Baby Your Back maternity support is proven to relieve lower back pain during pregnancy and has been medically tested and recommended by healthcare professionals.
Its patented curved pad assists normal spine mechanics and supports abdominal weight to minimize the shift in the center of gravity in the pregnant body. By reducing the strain pregnancy puts on the lumbar system, it alleviates and works to prevent back pain, helping women to keep their balance and reduce pain.
And as an added bonus, it does it all with a comfortable all-natural cotton material.
Say Goodbye to Back Pain in Early Pregnancy
Any pregnant woman should be enjoying this special time of her family's life. While small discomforts are normal, there's no reason to put up with early pregnancy back pain.
Try a Back-A-Line support belt so you and your growing baby can relax and enjoy the ride. Learn more here. And if you’re interested in relieving your pain today, try a Back-A-Line maternity support belt. It’s proven to reduce pain and in some cases, end back pain in early pregnancy all together!