Alleviating Back Pain During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be really hard on your body. As your stomach grows, you may notice that you're having a hard time getting into a comfortable position and that you're experiencing a lot of back pain. Unfortunately, the back pain is par for the course when you're pregnant. The good news is, you don't have to live in constant pain. If you're experiencing back pain due to pregnancy, talk to your OBGYN to see if one of these remedies will help.
Prenatal yoga has become popular among pregnant women who experience a lot of back pain during their pregnancy because the exercise helps strengthen the muscles and joints so that the body naturally finds its new center of gravity. Additionally, it helps you become more aware of their posture — which changes slightly during pregnancy to accommodate for your growing belly — so that you aren't as likely to slouch forward when sitting or standing, which puts more pressure on your lower back. Keep in mind, even though yoga isn't a strenuous exercise, it is still exercise. So you should get approval from your OBGYN before starting a new yoga routine.
Many OBGYNs recommend their pregnant patients take up swimming. Your body is weightless in the water, so while you're in the pool it takes the pressure off of your spine. Paddling up and down the lanes of the pool also help tone your arms, legs, back, and core muscles, as well as decompress your spine. Additionally, regularly doing the breaststroke in the pool helps to strengthen your back and chest muscles. In most cases, swimming during pregnancy is completely safe. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you should consult your OBGYN before going to the pool.
Did you know that some chiropractors specialize in helping pregnant women relieve their lower back pain? Some even have tables designed specifically to take the pressure off of your belly during the treatment process. Chiropractic massages help pregnant women relieve back, joint, and neck pain by keeping the spine aligned properly as it changes throughout your pregnancy. Before getting a chiropractic massage, you should talk to your OBGYN to make sure the treatment is right for you and to get a recommendation for a chiropractor that specializes in treating pregnant women.
Even though a lot of women experience back pain during pregnancy, there isn't any one cure or remedy. Every woman and every pregnancy is different, so the best thing you can do is consult your OBGYN to find a treatment that's right for you and your new bundle of joy. Click here for additional reading.