Back pain is pain in the upper or lower back and quite common in pregnancy. As a woman’s pregnancy progresses her center of gravity shifts and she attempts to compensate with her posture. There is some curving of the cervical spine to accommodate the increase in her breast size as well as some curving of the lumbar spine to accommodate her growing belly. These changes combined with the hormones she is producing which loosen her ligaments and joints can lead to backache during her pregnancy. Her posture, body mechanics, and muscle tone will also affect how much strain she feels on her back. These would all be considered normal causes of backache during pregnancy and a common discomfort for most pregnant women.
Other more serious causes of backache that should not be dismissed are kidney stones, kidney infections, and preterm labor. If you are pregnant and you are having severe back pain notify your OB/GYN or midwife. Prompt treatment of complications of pregnancy promotes a healthy mom and a healthy baby.