How to Relieve Back Pain when Pregnant

One of the most common problems during pregnancy is back-pain. There are few, if any, women who escape this. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to relieve back-pain during pregnancy.

One of the reasons you might experience back-pain is the way you stand or sit. As the stomach grows, many try to compensate the feeling of falling forward by leaning backward- thereby putting strain on the back-muscles. To avoid this, try to keep your spine straight at all times, whether standing or sitting. If you have to stand for a longer period, put one foot on a low stool to alleviate the pressure on the back. When sitting down, put a pillow behind your lower back to give support. If you do it purposely for some time, having a good posture will then come natural to you.

Bending down to lift things, especially heavy things like toddlers, will put a lot of strain on your back. Instead of bending your back, bend your legs when lifting. Also be aware that you will not be able to lift things as you wish during pregnancy. Certain things just have to wait for somebody else!

When lying down, it is advisable to lie on the side. Lying on the back will prevent blood from flowing freely, causing discomfort and problems. Keep at least one knee bent. There are special full-length body- pillows you can buy to put between your legs while pregnant, helping you to get a comfortable position.  Some also feel it helps putting a small pillow under the abdomen, to give it extra support.

Staying physical fit during pregnancy is not always easy, but can help prevent a lot of the back-pain and other problems. Swimming and walking are easy exercises that most women can do. Always check with your doctor before starting anything. Having strong back-muscles will help prevent back-pains. Stretching the muscles is also a great help, there are special programs that have been developed to help pregnant women.

Many women also feel that massage is of benefit for the back. Either ask your partner to rub your back, or go for professional physiotherapy or massage. Putting hot or cold packs can also relieve backpains. Some feel they get a good effect by alternating hot and cold, making the blood flow freely through the muscles.

While back-pain is very common during pregnancy, there is no reason to resign and think it is inevitable. Try these few suggestions and you will notice a clear improvement. It will help you enjoy your pregnancy even more!