As your baby grows and your centre of gravity shifts, you could experience back pain. This could disrupt your routine or even your sleep, but the good news is that you can take a few steps to ease or prevent this pain.
Back pain during pregnancy is common, especially in the third trimester. In this article, we will provide you with useful tips on how to relieve pregnancy back pain, which include posture and simple daily exercises.
As you gain weight, which is mainly due to your pregnancy, your centre of gravity changes. What’s more, a hormone called relaxin is loosening the ligaments in the joints of your pelvis. This means that your weight is increasing but the support your body would usually rely on is decreasing.
As your baby – and your bump – grows, your centre of gravity will keep shifting forward. Your body will notice this, and that’s why you feel as though you have to compensate by leaning backwards. This puts extra pressure on your lower back muscles. Good posture is vital to alleviating the pressure on your back.
Here are some helpful tips on how to gain good posture, and help your muscles relax:
Because your lower back is trying to manage the bulk of this pressure, sit on a chair that supports your back, or place a small pillow behind your lower back.
There are other things you can do which can help alleviate back pain during pregnancy, including:
Including non-strenuous physical activity in your daily routine will keep you fit and your back supple and might provide pregnancy back pain relief. Stretching is a good way to move your back positively. Walking or gentle swimming can help too, but do consult your doctor before you make any decisions.