bekkenløsningIt’s true to say that when it comes to pregnancy, back pain comes with the territory. You are growing larger by the day – your body (and spine) is being forced to adapt to carrying an extra load. You’ve got a baby on board, so expect a little discomfort!
That said, there are steps you can take that reduce the onset of additional aches and pains in your back and spine – read on for revelations on how to ride the pregnancy rollercoaster with minimum back pain.
The first thing to make clear is that moderate back pain during pregnancy is very common and it afflicts most mothers at some time during their term. Usually starting around the second trimester, discomfort is caused by weight gain placing more strain on the lower back and pelvis, hormones relaxing the ligaments that support the pelvic area, and the added pressure that a growing baby places on nerves and blood vessels in the lower back region. Mothers typically gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy, and that translates to significant extra demand on the body.
Perfect posture
As your pregnancy develops, your center of gravity is adjusted forward. To compensate, it feels natural to lean backward, but doing this causes strain on your lower spine. To minimize back pain caused by postural problems, focus on keeping shoulders back and relaxed, stand up straight, avoid locking your knees and keep your chest held high. You may not feel much like doing this, but if you make it habitual it can have a positive effect on back pain.
In addition to good posture, wear low-heeled (not flat) footwear that has adequate arch support. Always bend knees when lifting or reaching down for things, as this will protect the sensitive lower back area.
Seek extra support
If back pain becomes a real issue, seek relief from complementary therapy provided by practitioners who understand the workings of the spinal support system. Consulting a family chiropractor with experience of Chiropractic And Kids makes good sense, as with gentle manipulation it may be possible to ease the discomfort you are experiencing, and put a smile back on your face.
Good nights
Fatigue during pregnancy can become an issue and if you cannot get comfortable at night, this exacerbates the problem. Sleeping on your side with one or both knees bent is recommended to ease discomfort – don’t lie on your back. Using pillows to support under your abdomen, between bent knees and behind the back should offer some relief – experiment with different positions and placings. Try heat packs or cold packs applied to the affected area, as these can offer topical relief. Speak to your health provider about how to carry out this self-help treatment.
Keep on moving
Gentle physical activity such as water exercise or walking can help ease back pain. Naturally, you should check with your medical provider beforehand, but many expectant mothers find regular, light activity helps keep their back strong, supple and free of aches and pains.
Back pain during pregnancy need not be so bad when you follow these tips. Carrying your precious cargo for nine long months is a challenge, but once you see their face and hold them in your arms, the pain is forgotten in an instant.

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