Yes, it’s incredibly bothersome. Perhaps you’ve just begun to feel it, but know that the tendency is for it to worsen over the course of the next few months. Back pain is a recurring issue with pregnant women and is part of the overall process. In order to keep their balance as the baby grows, pregnant women maintain their stability by standing with their feet further apart and sticking out the bump forward. This position accentuates the curvature of the back, contracting the musculature. Leg muscles will also contract, bringing about discomfort, especially after a long day of activities.
Another important factor to consider is the relaxin hormone production – produced by the corpus luteum and the placenta – which has been working overtime to prepare the body for the birthing process.
This hormone loosens articulations and ligaments in order to allow the pelvis to expand when the baby is ready to come out. All of this generates a great deal of discomfort.
To minimize the discomfort caused by back pain, you should rely on a number of tips:
- Stretch in the morning, before getting out of bed, and at night, before going to sleep.
- Opt for shorter heels when picking shoes, which will give you more stability and put less strain on the spine.
- Whenever you’re sitting down, be it on the couch at home or in a chair at the office, use a footrest to elevate them a bit.
- Practicing physical activities can help you relax and curb the pain. Talk to your doctor to pick the best and safest one for you and baby.
- When sitting down, place a small pillow on the small of your back for extra support.
- Should you need to be on your feet for long periods of time, break down your schedule so you can take small breaks throughout the day. Again, elevate your feet in order to reduce pressure from your lower back.
- Massages and warm water on the lumbar region are a good call.
- If you need to carry something, hold the object close to your body.
- Sleeping sideways and keeping your knees bent can also be very helpful. Try placing a pillow underneath your bump or in between your legs to help you relax even more.