As the pregnancy progresses and the baby grows, the uterus, once a pea sized organ expands 1000 times its normal size. With this growth and weight increase, your back, which is the center of gravity, now shifts to support more than what it has been carrying before. As your posture changes, you lean backward and put more strain on the back muscles. If you have weak abdominal muscles, the back pain during pregnancy can be more severe.
Eight out of ten pregnant women would feel back pain all throughout the endeavor. Along with morning sickness, emotional highs and lows and weight gain, back pain is quite a normal discomfort for moms-to-be. There are different causes of back pains during pregnancy. Fortunately, you can do some things to ease the back pain.
To help reduce back pain, first and foremost practice good posture. Take careful notice of your posture when sitting, standing or even when sleeping.
When standing, back should be straight and tall, buttocks tight and shoulders are back and downward.
When sitting down, aside from a straight back, your feet should be slightly elevated. Use a footrest or a small box to rest on your feet. This way, good blood circulation is also promoted. To prevent or reduce back pains, make sure that your chair supports your back, especially the lower portion. Place a small pillow behind your lower back for added convenience.
When lifting objects, do not bend at the waist or lift using your back. Rather, carefully squat down and lift using your legs.
You also need to change your position every now and then. If you are at your office desk the whole day, take some breaks every hour to stand up, walk around and do some small stretching. Also, do not stand over long periods of time. If you need to stand for long hours, rest on one foot at a time, using a low step stool or improvise with a small but sturdy box.
Pregnant women should also practice sleeping on your side. Aside from relieving the back of weight, blood circulation is also enhanced. Experts recommend lying on the left side for pregnant women.
If you are the active and athletic type before, you need to realize that you may not be that agile now. On the other hand, being pregnant does not mean you should stop being active and remain stagnant. Always strike a balance. There are exercises recommended for pregnant women, especially those that help strengthen the pelvis and the back. However, before you go out and start dancing the grapevine, do consult your doctor or health provider for expert advice.
For the corporate power dresses, you would need to stay away from shoes with high pointed heels as this will do nothing good for your back. Anyway, after nine months, you can bring them out again, along with your cute pencil cut skirts that is if it'll still fit you.
Pregnancy and back pains unfortunately go hand in hand, but that does not mean you just suck up and bear the pain. There are so many things you can do to alleviate the pain in pregnancy and getting in the know is one great way to start.