What causes back pain during pregnancy?
Back pain during pregnancy is related to a number of factors. Some women begin to have lower back pain with the onset of pregnancy. Women who are most at risk for back pain are those who are overweight or had back pain prior to pregnancy.
How can you prevent or minimize back pain during pregnancy?
Back pain may not be prevented completely, but there are things that you can do to reduce the severity or frequency.
Here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the back pain you are experiencing:
Use exercises approved by your health care provider that support and help strengthen the back and abdomen.
Squat to pick up something instead of bending over.
Avoid high heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support.
Avoid sleeping on your back.
Wear a support belt under your lower abdomen.
Consider having your back adjusted by a chiropractor.
Get plenty of rest. Elevating your feet is also good for your back.
How can you treat back pain during pregnancy?
There are a number of things you can do to treat back pain during pregnancy. Some of the steps you take to avoid back pain may also be used to treat current back pain.
Here are some other common interventions:
Ice or heat
Braces or support devices
Medications used to treat inflammation
Sleep on your left side, and use a support pillow under your knees.
Schedule an appointment with a licensed health care professional such as a chiropractor or massage therapist.