How to Prevent Back Pain When You’re Pregnant
If you are pregnant, chances are that you may be suffering from back pain. You’re not alone; majority of pregnant women do suffer from it.
It can be normal, given that you’re carrying another person inside you. The baby’s increasing weight as it grows changes your center of gravity, affects your posture, and puts a lot of strain on your back. Even when you are sleeping, you can cause great harm to your back if you don’t sleep in the correct position.
If you’re one of the lucky ones and don’t have back pain, make sure to stay that way. Here are some proven tips to help keep you from suffering from back pain while pregnant.
Drink a lot of water daily to avoid infections. Urinary infection can cause back pain which requires immediate medical attention.
Avoid self-medication. When you do have to take painkillers or other medications, make sure to consult your doctor first. Not all over-the-counter meds can be safe for your baby.
Watch your posture. When you’re pregnant, especially in the later stages, your lower back tends to be pulled forward to compensate for the additional weight in your stomach. You should keep on the look-out for this. Practice proper posture; keep your back straight and avoid slouching so that your muscles will stretch and lengthen. When you are in a swayback position, your back muscles will become short and tight, and later on, painful.
Exercise daily to ensure good delivery. Don’t overdo it though. If you have access to a pool, swimming can be an excellent cardiovascular activity that can help keep you fit without putting undue pressure on your feet. You can also walk, just avoid running a race especially in the late stages of your pregnancy.
Get rid of your high heels, at least until you give birth. Wearing stilettos when you’re pregnant is a really bad idea. It will put a lot of pressure on your back. While pregnant, use flats as much as possible.
Avoid standing up for a long period of time. Sit down, or better still, lie down and rest. You definitely need that.
Consult a chiropractor, especially if you are suffering from back pain already and don’t want to use painkillers. Chiropractic care can be really good for your health and your pregnancy, as the chiropractor will help you get pain relief from back pain and even help you avoid it altogether.
How about you? What are your tips to avoid back pain when pregnant?