What to do about back pain during pregnancy

A lot of pregnant women experience some amount of back pain. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy…
What to do about back pain during pregnancy
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A lot of pregnant women experience some amount of back pain. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, anywhere from 50 to 70% of women deal have to deal with pain, often in the last trimester when weight gain puts immense pressure on the body. Other factors such as stress and natural changes to the joints and ligaments in the pelvic area can lead to discomfort. Many women are not interested in taking medications during pregnancy unless they are necessary. What are other options for pain relief?

The safest way to treat yourself is with topical remedies. Both hot and cold therapy can offer soothing relief. Hold an ice pack over sore areas for 15 minutes to calm inflammation. Warmth is also very therapeutic for back pain. Alternate ice with a heating pad, or simply use a warm compress on its own. Soak a clean cotton cloth in a cup of hot ginger tea. Ginger has a stimulating, warming quality that is wonderful for easing body aches. According to the Journal of Advanced Nursing, a ginger compress can also be beneficial for relieving the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis. Squeeze out the excess liquid. Apply to your back and breathe a sigh of relief.

Talk to your doctor or midwife about your discomfort, and discuss what solutions you can use. There are several excellent therapies that women can use for back pain relief during pregnancy. Massage therapy increases circulation and eases muscle pain. A chiropractic doctor can make spinal adjustments, and offer advice on nutrition and exercise. Acupuncture can relieve pain as well as stress! Be sure to see a licensed massage therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist who has experience with pregnant women.

Sometimes prevention is the best medicine. Simple things like stretching out your back in the morning and having good posture can help. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Sleep on your side with your knees bent. For extra support, place a pillow between your legs while you sleep. Talk to your doctor about what type of exercise you can do. Walking, swimming, pre-natal yoga, and other activities can help to strengthen muscles and ease discomfort.

With all the changes that occur during pregnancy, it is no surprise that problems like back pain are common. The aching and soreness can make doing everyday activities difficult. Do what you can about your discomfort so you can enjoy all the good things about being pregnant. There are so many safe and healthy options available.