Back Pain During Pregnancy

As your baby grows inside your womb, you may experience pain in the lower back which can be difficult to manage.  It’s important throughout your pregnancy to avoid taking medications to relieve your pain as not all medicines are safe for pregnant women.

Back pain during pregnancy is quite common, with a large percentage of women experiencing it at some point in their pregnancy.  Although it is a common symptom experienced by a lot of pregnant women, you should not ignore the discomfort, but rather take some simple steps to minimize the pain.

Physiotherapy Can Help

Physiotherapy is useful for relieving common discomforts experienced during pregnancy including back, hip and pelvic pain.  To help you manage these pregnancy-related symptoms, your trusted physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment of your current physical condition and the level of pain you are experiencing.  Using this information, they will design a treatment plan to help improve your joint position and control.

Depending on your specific symptoms and functional needs, your treatment plan may include the following:

  • Physiotherapy based exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Stability exercises
  • Correct posture education

Physiotherapy is especially beneficial for pregnant women who are experiencing overwhelming pain in their back, challenges in mobility, and discomfort in the pelvic area that affect their daily life.

Practice Good Posture

During pregnancy your body goes through a lot of changes to accommodate the growth of your baby.  One significant physical change that can impact the way you stand, walk, and sit is the shift in your centre of gravity, which increases your risk of falling while walking.  The postural changes experienced during pregnancy can be managed by performing specific exercises that will strengthen your muscles around your spine and pelvic region.

Proper posture is not limited to the way you carry yourself while standing, but also involves the proper position you need to maintain while sitting.  As you begin to feel more weight pressing down, you want to help your body relax and provide support to your lower back by using a chair that has a good lumbar back support.  Ideally the chair should also let your head and neck rest.  You can also place a lumbar support pillow on any chair to relieve the pain in your back.

Need Some Help?

Do not suffer with poor advice you have read online, visit a qualified Physiotherapist who can put a safe plan in place for how to manage back-pain throughout your pregnancy.  Many mum’s to be don’t realise just how effective physiotherapy can be, at Trained Physio and Fitness we have helped so many mum’s overcome pain and discomfort while pregnant, as we understand how special this time is in your life.