For most women, pregnancy is a time of great joy, yet it can also be the most uncomfortable period of your life. Your body undergoes incredible growth and change during pregnancy and, as these developments occur, you might experience strange sensations, discomfort or even pain.
If you experience back pain during your pregnancy, you'll be relieved to know that you're not alone. In fact, most women's health suffers during pregnancy, and back pain is common. So what causes pregnancy back pain, and what can you do to find some comfort? Read on to find out.
What causes pregnancy back pain?
Many of the changes your body undergoes during pregnancy are the product of hormones, those powerful chemical changes that transform your body from a home for one to a place for two. These hormones are important in releasing the ligaments in your pelvis, enabling you to accommodate the growing life inside you. As your pregnancy develops and you gain weight in your baby bump, the combination of redistributed weight and relaxed ligaments can place substantial pressure on your back, causing you pain.
How can you cure pregnancy back pain?
Sure, you might love nothing more than dressing up, and your stellar collection of heels may be an essential part of who you are, but wearing heels during pregnancy can place significant additional pressure on your already compromised lower back. So ditch the heels, for now, and revel in the beauty of creating a new life.
You want to protect the new life inside you, and many women feel concerned about too much exercise during pregnancy, but a constant, gentle exercise routine will do wonders for both you and your baby. Your pregnancy is a time to relax and nurture your changing body. Luxurious physical activities such as yoga, aqua aerobics and walking will ease the pain in your back and lift your spirits. Talk to your women's health centre or obstetrician about the exercises that are right for you.
When is it time to seek help?
Of course, women's health is at its most important during pregnancy, and if you feel any concerns about your back pain it is important to seek professional help. If your pain is intense, if it lasts longer than a couple of weeks, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, bleeding or (even more) frequent trips to the loo, visit your women's health centre right away.