Back pain during pregnancy
Pain during pregnancy is one of the hardest pains to experience, because you cannot just simply take a painkiller and get on with your day. With most painkillers being prohibited during pregnancy and even when breast-feeding, women have to turn to other, more natural solutions to help them relieve their aches and pains.
There are many natural remedies for pain which have been tried, tested and recommended by many mothers to be. These include:
Exercises - pelvic floor, stomach and stabilisation exercises can help to reduce the strain on your pelvis. Get down on your hands and knees and level your back so it is as flat as you can make it. Inhale and then, as you exhale, squeeze in your pelvic floor muscles and pull your belly button in and up. Keep squeezing for between five and 10 seconds without holding your breath and without moving your back. Relax the muscles slowly at the end of the exercise.
Massage: the back and muscles that run down either side of your spine for soothing tired, aching muscles. A trained massage therapist, your midwife or a physiotherapist may be able to help you further.
Posture: if you have pain over your tailbone (coccyx), try not to slump when sitting and arch your back as much as is comfortable. Try sitting on a soft or wedge-shaped cushion or a cushioned ring. When walking and standing try to keep your shoulders back, your head high and your back straight to stretch out those aching muscles.
Swimming: Both an excellent way of keeping fit and relieving pain in the back. Pain relief can also be achieved from floating on top of the water on your back. Find out if your local pool holds aquanatal classes.
Acupuncture: it is imperative that you find a practitioner who is trained and experienced in using acupuncture during pregnancy.
Maternity pillows: sleeping on your side with a wedge-shaped pillow under your tummy may help. Or many other maternity pillows are available, finding the right one for you may be just what you need to relieve yourself of those aches and pains.
Heat and water: A warm bath or a hot pack can relieve those aches and pains and help you get on with your life.
Support Belts: Take some of the baby’s weight off your stomach muscles and back and help to support your pelvic joints.
TENS: this is a safe way to help you to cope with your back pain. It is best used in combination with other treatments such as advice and exercises. Ask for advice on how to use TENS from your GP, pharmacist or physiotherapist.
Hopefully with these pain relieving tips, your pregnancy will be a happy and special time for you and your baby.
If you are not used to taking exercise, start slowly, improve your posture and try not to strain yourself too hard.