Many factors contribute to the back pain many pregnant women experience.
First and foremost is posture. As the belly gets bigger many pregnant women feel the gravitational pull forward and over compensate with their spine. Slouching and poor posture can definitely lead to back pain. When we are pregnant we are carrying quite a load and posture is essential to avoiding back pain as much as possible.
Another thing that can contribute to back pain is our love for ballet slippers, flip flops and shoes with no good support for our arches which also throws the spine out of alignment.
A third factor that contributes to back pain is the increasing breast size without adequate support from a bra. The bra should fit and support without the use of the straps. If the straps dig down on the top of the shoulder this too can cause back pain.
Proper body mechanics also helps avoid back pain. During pregnancy women often forget and bend over to pick up something from the floor, groceries, or laundry baskets forgetting how their weight is not evenly distributed with the belly pushing out in the front. Squatting and using the legs to pick things up including toddlers at home can go a long way to preventing pain from poor body mechanics.
Another important contributor to back pain is the baby themselves. They often decide to lie on nerves like the sciatica nerve which can cause pain. Unfortunately you can't always get them to cooperate and shift when you want them to but sometimes you can shift your own position to take the pressure off of the offending nerve.
It is important to stay active and keep the muscles that support the back strong during your pregnancy. Becoming a couch potato will increase your likelihood of experiencing back discomfort.
If the back pain is severe and unrelieved by common comfort measures, be sure to discuss with your health care provider.
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