Pregnancy

Pregnancy signs and Backache

Symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and also from pregnancy to pregnancy. The most common symptom of pregnancy is a missed or delayed menstrual cycle. Other symptoms include mood swings, morning sickness, frequent urination, feeling tired, headaches, implantation bleeding, swollen and tender breasts, and darkening of aureoles. It is very important to understand the signs of pregnancy as some of the symptoms can also be related to other disorders or diseases. Some experience signs of pregnancy within a few weeks of conception, while others may not ever experience them.

Another symptom of pregnancy is back pain. This does not usually happen until later when the baby has grown much larger, .

Causes of Backache during Pregnancy

Various factors cause back pain during pregnancy. Women put on weight during pregnancy as the uterus size increases to make room for another being.

As baby grows in the front of the torso, it pulls on the back muscles. It would be like wearing a heavy backpack in the front instead of the back. Postures change and strain the back and it also means that the center of gravity changes.  Be aware of how the body is changing and do not take unnecessary risks while walking. An unnecessary risk would be going for a walk on the rocks either at the beach or in a mountainous area. Stay on the sidewalks and be safe.

Lack of sleep at night is another factor for back pain. As the baby grows, the weight will push on the back and cause pain. Sleeping on the side is the best way to sleep while pregnant. Place a pillow under the belly, between the legs, and at the back to help alleviate soreness.

Lastly, hormones and body changes are contributing factors. The body is changing to prepare for labor, so some ligaments and joints are loosening to make delivery possible. The muscles in the back are affected the most, especially in the lower part of the back. It is said that nearly 50 percent of women experience back pain during pregnancy.

Some ways to help the pain when it seems unbearable are:

  • wear comfortable shoes, not heels
  • Use lots of pillows while sleeping
  • Take some Tylenol
  • Stay active – walk, do yoga or palates for pregnancy, swim (especially good for when the belly is protruding greatly) – make sure to check with a doctor before beginning a new routine. Continuing a preexisting exercise routine should not be a problem, but depending on what the exercise is, a change may be needed for safety reasons.
  • When standing for a long period of time, use a stool to prop one foot up on. Switch feet as necessary.
  • While sitting may feel good, get up and get moving a bit. The pressure on the back can be aggravated by baby resting on the pelvis area for too long.

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