Backache During Pregnancy

Oh, my aching back!hm_indigestion

Nearly 50% of all women complain of back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Back pain during pregnancy can be caused by a variety of things:

  • Strain from carrying extra weight
  • Changes in posture to offset the extra weight of pregnancy. This shifts your center of gravity forward and puts more strain on your lower back.
  • Strain on the weakened and stretched muscles in the abdomen that supports the spine.

Although some amount of backache is normal, severe back pain should not be ignored. It can be a warning sign of infection or complications, especially when a woman also has fever or other symptoms. Consult your healthcare provider if you are experiencing severe pains.

How Can You Avoid or Treat Backaches During Pregnancy?

Try to avoid or alleviate backache during pregnancy by remembering to:

  • Have good posture
  • Wear low-heeled shoes with good arch support. Avoid wearing high heels
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Avoid bending when possible.
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time, if possible. Sit in chairs with good back support.
  • Get a restful night sleep (So important!)
  • Consider getting a pregnancy massage (as if you needed a good excuse for one!)
  • Exercise as directed by your healthcare provider

What NOT to take while Pregnant and Nursing:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen sodium
  • Aspirin

 

  • Consult your healthcare provider prior to taking any medication while pregnant or nursing.
  • Follow the directions on the package.

*No medication is considered 100% safe during pregnancy and nursing. _