09 Apr How to Deal with Painful Backaches During Pregnancy
Firstly, it is important to know that back pain is normal during pregnancy. Just remember, it’s also temporary! Here are seven ways to relieve back pain during pregnancy from physical exercise, wellness therapies and also good posture. Your centre of gravity will change as you gain weight, and your hormones are relaxing the ligaments in the joints of your pelvis. However, you can ease back pain during pregnancy.
Consult your Medical or Health Specialist(s)
If you have severe back pain during pregnancy or back pain that lasts more than two weeks, talk to your General Practitioner (GP), Obstetrician or Health Specialist(s). They might recommend medications or other treatments.
1. Lift technique
Firstly, always ask for help if you need it. Please remember when lifting to squat down, bend your knees and lift with your legs. Do not bend at the waist or lift with your back.
2. Get and use the right gear/accessories
Best to wear low-heeled — not flat — shoes with good arch support. It is best to avoid high heels which can further shift your balance forward and cause you to fall over.
It would be a good option to consider wearing a maternity support belt. Some women find them helpful although not medically proven. Getting the right wear/accessories also includes careful reviewing and picking the right baby cot which cares for both you and your baby.
Insights – Due to the repetitive exercise of putting your baby down to sleep and also lifting them back up when they wake up, your back takes a toll. This is exactly why the Upzeez High Rize Baby cot is for you.
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3. Good Posture
Your centre of gravity moves forward as your baby grows. To avoid falling forward, you might counteract by leaning back. This will put strain on your lower back muscles in your lower back and contribute to back pain during pregnancy.
Remember to keep these principles of good posture in mind:
- Stand up tall and straight
- Hold your chest high and upright
- Keep your shoulders back and relaxed
- Do not lock your knees
It is important to stand with legs shoulders wide apart for optimal support. If you must stand for long periods of time, rest one foot on a low step stool and take regular breaks. Good posture is important and also means sitting down with care. Use a chair that supports your back, or position a small cushion behind your lower back.
4. Sleep is important
It is best to sleep on your side, not your back. Keep one or both knees bent. Consider using pregnancy or support pillows between your bent knees, under your stomach and behind your back. Also, read our blog – Great Tips on How to Sleep During Pregnancy.
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5. Self Care & Love therapies
There are many options to explore and it’s best to speak to GP or Health Specialist(s) for suitable options. Chiropractors, Physiotherapists or Osteopath treatments might provide comfort for some women as well. However, additional research is needed and always check with General Practitioner (GP). Be sure to inform any Health Specialist/Therapist that you are pregnant.
6. Regular exercise in your daily routine
As this pregnancy progresses, stretching and exercise will help keep your back as strong as possible. For example, walking, yoga, pilates or aqua aerobics.
7. Massages and/or Hot or Cold packs
Best to make time for massages and apply a heating pad or ice pack to your back might ease the pain.
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