Back Pain during Pregnancy

Back pain is very common among pregnant women. Some women experience symptoms as early as the first trimester while others may not experience symptoms as the weight of the baby increases and the uterus expands. Between 50 to 70 percent of all pregnant women experience back pain.

During pregnancy the ligaments between the pelvic bones begin to soften and joints to loosen in preparation for the baby’s passage through the pelvis. These changes result in mobility of the joints in the pelvis. This movement in the joints can cause painful discomfort in your back, which may get worse with walking and increased mobility. The separation of the muscles along the front of the abdomen during pregnancy also contributes to back pain during pregnancy. As the uterus expands, the muscles sometimes separate along the center seam, which can make the back pain worse.

What are the symptoms of back pain during pregnancy

The most common place for women to experience back pain during pregnancy is in the lower back. Back pain can disrupt your daily routine or interfere with a good night of sleep. The pain may be constant or sporadic, depending on activity level. Late in pregnancy, many women feel pain up and down their back, legs and buttocks, and it is not unusual for women to feel some pain when bending, walking, or standing .

There are a number of things you can do to ease back pain during pregnancy. Some common remedies include; Ice or heat, braces or support devices, use of a support pillow under your knees, medications for inflammation and massage.

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