Updated May 21st, 2024 at 10:46 IST

Dealing With Severe Back Pain During Pregnancy? Follow These Methods To Get Relief

The added weight, hormonal changes, and postural shifts can all contribute to discomfort during pregnancy.

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Back pain is a common complaint among pregnant women, particularly as the pregnancy progresses. The added weight, hormonal changes, and postural shifts can all contribute to discomfort. However, there are several effective methods to alleviate severe back pain during pregnancy.

Maintain proper posture

Proper posture is crucial in preventing and alleviating back pain. As pregnancy advances, the center of gravity shifts, causing a tendency to lean back and create additional strain on the lower back. To maintain good posture:

  • Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
  • Keep your feet apart for better balance.
  • Avoid locking your knees.
  • When sitting, use a chair that supports your back, and place a small pillow behind your lower back if necessary.
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Exercise regularly

Regular exercise strengthens muscles and improves flexibility, which can help alleviate back pain. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga are particularly beneficial. These exercises not only enhance overall fitness but also strengthen the muscles that support the back. Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

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Adjust your lifestyle

According to an article in Healthline, adjusting your lifestyle a little is key. Here are some tips to keep in mind

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  • Avoid lifting heavy objects. If you do have to lift something, use a wide stance and bend at the knees, not at the waist.
  • Maintain proper posture when sitting. Try to sit straight in chairs that provide good back support and use a footrest whenever possible.
  • Sleep on your side, with a support pillow between your knees.

Use heat and cold therapy

Applying heat and cold can help reduce back pain. Use a warm towel or a heating pad on the affected area to relax tense muscles and improve blood flow. Alternatively, cold packs can reduce inflammation and numb deep pain. Apply heat or cold for 20 minutes several times a day, ensuring that the temperature is not too extreme to avoid burns or frostbite.

Wear the right footwear

Wearing appropriate footwear can significantly reduce back pain. Avoid high heels and opt for supportive, low-heeled shoes with good arch support. Shoes that distribute weight evenly across the feet can help reduce strain on the back.

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Sleep support

Getting proper rest is vital, and how you sleep can affect back pain. Sleep on your side, preferably on your left side, to improve blood flow to the baby and reduce back strain. Use pillows to support your belly and between your knees to maintain proper alignment of the hips and spine. A pregnancy pillow or a body pillow can provide additional support and comfort.

Prenatal massage and chiropractic care

Prenatal massage therapy can help relieve muscle tension and improve circulation, which can alleviate back pain. Seek a massage therapist certified in prenatal massage. Chiropractic care, when provided by a practitioner experienced in treating pregnant women, can also be effective. Chiropractic adjustments can help maintain proper alignment of the spine and pelvis.

Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet

Dehydration and poor nutrition can exacerbate muscle cramps and back pain. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Calcium and magnesium are particularly important for muscle function and can help prevent cramps and muscle soreness.

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Published May 21st, 2024 at 10:46 IST