One of the most common pregnancy complaints is is low back pain. Over two-thirds of women will develop some form of back pain in pregnancy with most of this occurring in the later trimesters.
What Causes Back Pain?
Along with an expanding uterus comes a shift in your center of gravity that can put a new strain on your spine and back muscles. Additionally, the hormonal changes you experience cause loosening of the joints and ligaments that attach your spine and pelvis making you feel less stable when sanding, walking or lifting.
How to treat back pain in pregnancy
- Avoid High Heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support
- Bend your knees to pick something up instead of bending your back
- Avoid sleeping on your back
- Sleep with a pillow between your knees
- Wear a pregnancy support belt under your lower abdomen
- Get plenty of rest and elevate your feet
- Get physical therapy or chiropractic care
- Prenatal yoga and prenatal massage
- Stretching exercises
Here is a great Youtube video on Yoga and Stretching in pregnancy. I encourage you to check out the rest of their videos as well.