Tips For Pregnancy Back Pain

I’m now at almost 27 weeks pregnant and 23 pounds gained. I’m not as concerned, though, ever since I learned on Friday that Logan is developing at a quicker rate than most. I’ve had major non-stop hunger lately, but there’s obviously a reason!

I can also tell I’ve moved on to another phase of pregnancy because today I’m feeling nauseated again 🙁 And, I experienced my first heartburn yesterday. I was lying on the couch and all of a sudden the area below my breast bone started burning. It kept getting worse and worse and that’s when it hit me–uh, that must be why they call it heartburn. It was weird, ‘cuz I thought people got it after they eat, but this was before supper. It actually went away once I ate.

Unfortunately, my stomach is going numb even when I lay down now, so I have two things (that and back pain) when I’m trying to relax. Otherwise, though, those are the only ailments I have these days.

I keep thinking back to my appt. on Friday and how it was another exciting moment in this pregnancy. 🙂 I forgot to mention that my doctor was feeling my abdomen and said, «oh here is he, hanging out» and that’s how she knew where to put the doppler to hear the heartbeat (on my left side). When I feel my stomach it’s just a hard wall so it’s amazing that she could feel exactly where he was!

On Saturday, my mom & stepdad came over and we bought our car seat/stroller 🙂 We absolutely love it and can’t wait to pick it up (it’s being ordered from Lincoln, so it’ll take another week before we bring it home). It doesn’t sound like they make anything better than the Chicco travel system! 🙂

Atmosphere Chicco Travel SystemOn Sunday, we put up the moon & stars wallpaper border in our nursery which is so adorable!

Yesterday I just vegged out, as my energy is still low these days, and am doing the same today. So, I’ll continue where I left off on Friday with pregnancy symptoms of the second & third trimesters. Aside from the skin changes, a common one (as you know) is back pain. The American Pregnancy Association says the following:

You are not alone if you are experiencing back pain during your pregnancy. The prevalence varies with reports, showing between 50 to 70 percent of all pregnant women having back pain.

Back pain during pregnancy is related to a number of factors. Here is a list of potential causes of back pain or discomfort during pregnancy:

Increase of hormones – hormones released during pregnancy allow ligaments in the pelvic area to soften and the joints to become looser in preparation for the birthing process of your baby; this shift in joints and loosening of ligaments may affect the support your back normally experiences.

Center of gravity – your center of gravity will gradually move forward as your uterus and baby grow, which causes your posture to change.

Additional weight – your developing pregnancy and baby create additional weight that your back must support.

Posture or position – poor posture, excessive standing, and bending over can trigger or escalate the pain you experience in your back.

Stress – stress usually finds the weak spot in the body, and because of the changes in your pelvic area, you may experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your 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 versus 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.
  • Make sure your back is aligned using a chiropractor.
  • Get plenty of rest. Elevating your feet is also good for your back.
  • Here are some other common interventions:
  • Ice or heat.
  • Braces or support devices.
  • Sleep on your left side and use a support pillow under your knees.
  • Medications used to treat inflammation.
  • Use a licensed health care professional such as a chiropractor or massage therapist.

Just like when I gave the rundown on morning sickness a few months ago, unfortunately I, personally, haven’t found relief in these options. But I think that is because my back pain is in a different area than most. I really haven’t experienced lower back pain, i.e. the pelvic region. Mine has all been in the upper back, and so sleeping on my side actually makes it worse because the natural thing to do is round your shoulders forward. (I have a body pillow but, once again, that seems to give more support to my lower back.) I also haven’t tried the «belt» because that goes around the lower back. Nor do I feel the couple of times I go out each week in my high-boots affect my upper back. Most of the time I am relaxing and getting proper rest. . .I believe my pain is all related to weight gain (especially in my chest area). Therefore, exercises seem the most likely to help in my case, as well as getting a prenatal massage. I am lucky to have an aunt who is a masseuse, although she lives in Kansas City so I can’t really use her during this time! However, she was able to add the following:

«. . .relaxation techniques, breathing. . .healthy fluids. Be sure you get a masseuse who is experienced in prenatal massage even if you have to drive a ways. An electric heat pad is not the best thing to put on your back for more than a few minutes at a time. It must be set at a moderate/medium temp–never a high setting. Far-infrared heat is the best. . .Consult your doc for referrals. No lifting. . .You may stretch all you can but relaxing those back muscles, sitting, standing, leaning, bending are most important at this time. Let someone help you with the heavier tasks, instead of bending at the back, stoop, kneel or bend 1 knee to reach things lower in cabinets / oven , etc.»

All of this talk about back pain is making my back ache now, lol.

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