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Back Pain in Pregnancy

Back Pain in Pregnancy


Back pain in pregnancy is very common, but at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we believe that with the right knowledge and treatment this pain can be avoided.  As we discussed with some of the more serious problems such as Pelvic Girdle Pain and Diastases Recti, back pain can be effectively treated through correct exercise and physiotherapy. But what are some of the other common ailments, what causes them and how can they be treated?

As your baby grows various changes happen naturally with your body. The most obvious being weight gain as women can add between 20 -30 extra pounds to their body during pregnancy. This extra weight can cause problems with back strain especially as the months go by and into the final weeks.

The most universal way to overcome this problem is by having good posture and retaining that posture throughout your pregnancy. So no slouching! Sitting up, keeping your back straight and wearing flat shoes will help.

As your body changes so does your centre of gravity; instead of standing straight comfortably, your belly is growing, so you will want to lean back to find that centre. This change of posture will cause an imbalance on your muscles that inevitably leads to strain, and causes them to fatigue easily (lead to further poor posture.) Again, correcting this can be just as simple as maintaining your correct posture: keeping your back straight, your shoulders a little back with your chest forward, and head straight with chin in.

Another natural occurrence that causes back pain in pregnancy is changes in hormone levels. Pregnancy hormones cause ligaments to soften and become flexible in anticipation for that big day. Because of this, additional strain can be put on your joints, so even everyday tasks such as lifting, or bending forward can stress those weakened muscles. A few simple measures to help relieve this stress are: by finding your correct posture, sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees and when it comes to lifting take extra caution. Remember, you are carrying more weight in front, so bend those knees and ask for help if needed.

If you are finding no relief through these tips or if simple tasks are becoming more difficult then you should consider seeking an experienced physiotherapist for treatment. A physical therapist’s goal is to promote and support proper posture and exercise which will minimise pregnancy pain in your lower back. Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy we have lot of experience with pregnant mums and understand the needs and the specific treatments for those bodies that are rapidly changing.

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