Pregnancy can be tough on your back! Backaches are one of the common problems that will wear you out in pregnancy. Some women have periodic back pain, generally starting towards the second trimester of pregnancy, while others suffer from constant pain for the whole nine months. The good news is that in most cases, it eases soon after birth. This is due to the hormones which relax the ligaments, joints, and muscles that attach your pelvic bone. Gaining that extra weight during pregnancy can add to the problem by aggravating stress on your joints, making it painful to walk, stand, or sit continuously for longer periods.
Following are few important factors that trigger back pain during pregnancy:
You can prevent back pain during pregnancy by:
Following Good Posture- Watch your body position. Try to stand up tall and straight. Do not stand for too long; keep changing your foot from one to another. Sit down where ever and whenever possible, go for short walks. Use chairs that provide good support to your back and arms. Read on to know more.
Avoid heavy lifting- We’d suggest that you refrain from lifting heavy objects, and in case you have to, then try doing to slowly and steadily. Widen your legs, bend on your knees and use your arms and legs to lift – do not strain your back. Shop online to avoid carrying heavy groceries.
Stick On To Healthy Weight Gain- Keep an eye on that extra weight you are gaining. Gain weight only where it is required. The extra weight is hard on the back.
Wear Right Size Bra- Wear a maternity bra that is of the right size and is supportive, preferably with a wide strap and big cups. Similarly, with shoes, wear the ones that are comfortable. The much-desired high heels are out of the question.
Support in bed– Use plenty of soft pillows around yourself and between your legs. Get a new firm mattress if possible.
Do not stretch- Do not try to reach for the stars. To get things from the top shelf, use a low stool to reach for them to avoid strain on your back. As far as possible, keep things near your reach.
Relax- Keep your self calm and relaxed. Indulge in prenatal yoga and meditation to relax your back and mind.
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