Learn about the different types of back pains during pregnancy. Read all about the causes and management of back pain during pregnancy.
you’ll get to experience many different emotions, feelings and physical
Some of them will be exciting - like feeling your baby move and kick for the
first time - and others might not be so pleasant!
This will be more the case
towards the end of your pregnancy as your body adapts to your rapidly growing
baby and prepares to give birth.
In the later stages of pregnancy one of the physical ailments you’ll likely
have to deal with is back pain. Read all about
the types, causes and management of back pain during pregnancy:
What is back pain during pregnancy?
At some point in your life, you will have likely experienced some form of
back pain. Lucky you if you haven’t!
Back pain becomes more common in the later stages of pregnancy as your growing
baby takes up room, and puts pressure on your internal organs, which in turn
creates pressure against your spine.
It’s also a symptom of your baby’s growing weight. You’ll be carrying your baby
all at the front of your body, and quite low in your abdomen.
This in turn also
puts pressure on the spine as you are having to carry around an increasingly
Back pain is usually experienced as a sensation of pain in the back of a woman
during her pregnancy.
Typically this is felt towards the lower spine, in the
centre of your back!
What are the different types of back
While back pain during pregnancy is very common, it may be experienced to
different degrees, by different women.
Everyone is different, some women might
not even experience any back pain at all, or very little back pain, while
others may struggle with acute pain.
Different factors contribute to the back pain you’ll experience, including
different health factors, your age and whether this is your first pregnancy.
Back pain is divided into the following categories, which your doctor may speak
to you about: Type #1: Acute Back Pain Acute back pain is felt almost immediately by all pregnant women.
It can be
quite intense for some women, and is typically experienced during your second
trimester (the 3-6 month period).
This is when your baby undergoes rapid growth
changes, and why you may experience this type of back pain more frequently, as
your body tries to keep up with your growing baby. Type #2: Chronic Back Pain If you are experiencing back pain pas the 6 month mark in your pregnancy, you
will probably hear your doctor or midwife refer to this as chronic back pain.
You may experience this as a low, but constant feeling of back pain.
this all comes down to your personal health and whether this is your first baby,
but is common in the final stages of pregnancy. Type #3: Neuropathic Back Pain This one is less common, but worth being aware of so you know what to look out
Neuropathic pain is a type of pain felt by women, even though there is no
visible sign of injury that could be causing the pain.
Because there is no
visible sign of injury, it can be very difficult to treat, and it is usually
associated more to neural pathways of pain rather than actual pain.
experience lingering back pain long after path, and it is usually associated to
this type of pain.
What else causes back pain during pregnancy?
Your growing baby is usually the main cause for the pain you’ll feel! But
research has also shown there are other contributing causes. These include: Cause #1: Rising hormone changes Hormone levels such as oestrogen and progesterone rise during pregnancy.
hormones can cause the relaxation of the hip joint, and associated ligaments,
that attach the hip to the spine. When these relax, it can put more pressure on
the spine to support the hip and your growing baby.
The result is the feeling
of pain, especially when engaging in physical activity for too long, such as
walking. Cause #2: Growing size of the uterus As you know, the uterus is where your baby develops and grows.
uterus and the extra weight, of both your baby and possibly from pregnancy
related weight gain, can all result in increasing pressure on the spine as it
tries to accommodate the sudden jump in weight it has to carry.
4 Treatments for Pregnancy Back Pains
Luckily it’s not all doom and gloom! Your doctor and midwife will be used to
this common complaint from other pregnant patients and can work with you to
ensure the pain is managed effectively and does not impact too much on your day
There are plenty of very natural ways to support your body and manage any pain
you might experience. These include:
#1 Regular exercise
Although the last
thing you might feel like doing if you’re experiencing back pain is to get up
and go out for some light exercise, that’s exactly what doctors recommend!
Swimming is highly recommended for pregnant women, as being in water relieves
pain on your spine and can also help strengthen your muscles to better be able
to support your growing baby.
Light walking, yoga and stretching is also highly
Following a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruit, vegetables and fibre, will help to alleviate
constipation and maintain a healthy internal body.
#3 Use heat packs
You can purchase
over the counter heat packs from your local pharmacy to help soothe back pain,
but a good hot water bottle or even a good warm bath, can also work wonders for
#4 Pregnancy Acupuncture
long been used to help pregnant women cope with some of the symptoms of being
pregnant. It is a complete natural, painless and non-invasive treatment designed
to help increase the natural flow of energy through the body.
can create some blockages of your natural energy flow. Acupuncture helps to
realign the flow and relieves symptoms. If seeking this out, make sure you
always speak to your doctor first and always use a highly qualified and skilled
If your back pain
seems to be radiating up and down your spine, spreading to your arms, neck or
head, make sure you speak to your doctor immediately. This could be indication
of a more severe disruption to your nervous system brought on by pregnancy.
While it’s nothing
to be too concerned about, make sure you alway discuss symptoms with a medical
profession who can not only offer proper advice and guidance, but can also put
in place appropriate medical intervention as needed.
Remember, while not
a joy to deal with, back pain is all just a natural part of the process of
being on the way to motherhood! It’s short lived and you’ll forget all about it
as soon as you have your new bundle in your arms.
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