Even if a woman has never had a problem with her back before, pregnancy is often a time when a woman may have back pain that she has never experienced before.
The good news is that often these aches and pains will disappear after the baby is born. Fortunately there are a number of ways that these aches can be temporarily eased.
If you think about it, it is nearly impossible to stand up straight when you are pregnant. Your stomach is extending out in front of you, causing your back to bend in an unnatural way. This can be the source of many aches and pains. Make sure to stand as straight and tall as possible when you feel yourself starting to slouch.
Pelvic tilts are a common exercise recommended for pregnant women. Not only will it help relieve back aches, but it will help improve your posture too.
Pelvic tilts can either be done on your hands and knees or lying on your back (only in the first half of pregnancy). When on your hands and knees gently contract the muscles in your abdomen and rotate your pelvis in the direction of the floor. Hold for a few seconds and then release the abdominal muscles. Repeat ten times.
If you are pregnant and suspect that your spine is misaligned, then you should make an appointment with your chiropractor. If you don’t already have a chiropractor, this might be a good time to find one who feels comfortable working on pregnant women. There are many gentle adjustments a chiropractor can make to help ease the aches and pains of pregnancy. A chiropractor may indeed become your new best friend.
Swimming is a great way for pregnant moms-to-be to give their backs a much needed break. Water supports your weight so that your back is no longer doing all the work.
Many health clubs offer great water aerobics classes for pregnant moms. It is also a great way to meet other pregnant women.
Many pregnancy stores and boutiques offer maternity belts that you can purchase to help support your back during pregnancy.
The belt wraps around your hips and fastens under your belly, helping to support the weight and take some of the pressure off your lower back.
If you are on your feet a lot of the time, a maternity belt is definitely something you will want to look into.
A Good Night’s Rest
It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when you can’t get comfortable. The further along a woman gets in her pregnancy, the harder it gets to get comfortable at night.
Pillows can be a pregnant mom’s best friend at night time. When you are pregnant, sleeping on your side is often the most comfortable position. Try using a firm pillow under your head and another pillow between your knees to help take some of the pressure off your back.
If necessary, you can place another smaller pillow underneath your belly to provide additional support.
Pregnancy is often an uncomfortable time for many women. If you are experiencing back pain during your pregnancy, remember that the pain you are currently experiencing will very likely completely disappear after your baby is born. These tips will hopefully help you pass this time more comfortably as you await your precious new arrival.
Dr. Aaron Casselman is a chiropractor at Pinnacle Chiropractic and Spinal Rehab Center, a leading chiropractic office located at 4185 Wildcat Reserve Parkway #220 Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 and specializing in back pain, neck pain, weight loss, and more.