It’s no secret that pregnancy does crazy things to a woman’s body. Some of these things are not always for the worst. Our breasts grow a few cup sizes, our hair grows like crazy (everywhere), and our nails become super strong.
The bad changes do seem to outway these few good ones. Hormones have our skin going crazy, we wonder if we’ve ever had this many pimples in our life. Along with the skin on our face looking rough, our bellies are filled with even more “tiger stripes”, as I like to call them. Feet double as balloons, and our hips are all loosey-goosey…But what in the world is going on with our lower backs?!
The further along women get in pregnancy the bigger our uterus gets. With us carrying extra weight on our front side we naturally bend forward to help keep our balance. This is a major change in our poster in such a short amount of time, we can’t help but strain our lower back muscles.
Sciatica is also a common condition experienced during pregnancy. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back all the way down to your feet. Any pain that runs along that nerve is called Sciatica. While this condition can be extremely uncomfortable it will not cause harm to your baby.
How to relieve back pain during pregnancy:
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My two biggest questions about my lower back pain were: 1-Why is it happening? 2-What can I do to help relieve the pain? Now that we know what’s causing this pain let’s see what we can do about minimizing it.
Warm bath – but not too warm. Studies show that a warm bath/heating pad can provide short term pain relief. The warmth relaxes tense muscles and reduces inflammation.
Prenatal massage – benefits include reducing back and joint pain, improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, help with sleep,
Maternity belts – Also known as belly bands. These belts help with round ligament pain, pelvic pressure, and supporting the lower back.
Over the counter pain reliever – Always make sure to consult with your doctor when taking any supplement or pain reliever during pregnancy.
Stretching. Stretching helps with keeping muscles loose and eases pregnancy aches and pains.
Sleep on your side with a pillow in between your knees. Pregnancy pillows are a huge help!
Check out this post to find a pregnancy pillow that is right for you!