Congratulations, you are pregnant or have already given birth. You may be thinking why is this lovely child already a pain in my back. Well good news is you are not alone. At least 50% of women experience low back pain during pregnancy and or postpartum. Now just because this is common does not mean that this is something that you have to accept and deal with.
Why This Happens
- 1Changes in Posture - As your belly gets larger your center of gravity begins to shift forward. This can cause an increase in sway in the low back. This change can change the way pressure is dispersed throughout the spine.
- 2Changes in Hormones - Throughout pregnancy you have an increase in a hormone called relaxin. This causes an improvement in laxity and mobility around your pelvis as well as other muscles and ligaments. This is a positive when it comes to giving birth, but can cause a decrease in stability. This can cause pain because you are moving too much.
- 3Abdominal muscles are stretched - As your belly is growing your abdominal muscles are stretched and this can cause a decrease in core muscle strength. This can decrease the extra support to the low back.
- 4Upper back can be tight - The tightness in your upper back can cause increased stress on your lower back.
- 5Hip tightness and weakness - With adjusting how you walk to bring your legs out wider and feet turned out you can shorten your hip muscles and they can be weak. This can put increased stress on your back.
- 6Poor lifting mechanics - When you are tired you may not be lifting with the best mechanics and using more of your back then you should.
Things you can try or may have tried. Massage therapist for a prenatal massage, going to a chiropractor. Trying yoga, exercise, walking. Using the belly support band.
Where to go from here
For the most individualized plan to combat that low back pain. Come in to ProActive Physical Therapy and Wellness for a FREE Pregnancy/ Postpartum back pain visit to find what plan works best for YOU!