What You Need to Know About Back Pain During Pregnancy

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Many aches and pains can creep up during pregnancy and when you think about all that your body is going through– it's a wonder the whole thing isn't more painful than it is.

Back pain was something that plagued me during the pregnancy with my fourth child. I didn't experience it with any other and I was surprised how painful it was. According to American Pregnancy Association between 50-70% of women, complain of back pain during pregnancy so if you're experiencing it, you're not alone.

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If you have any pain during pregnancy, you should always bring it up with your care provider because they may have some insight into what's going on in your case and offer some tips for easing discomfort. If you have back pain during pregnancy, here are a few things you need to know about why it can happen and how to get relief.

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Why back pain happens?

Back pain during pregnancy is not uncommon, according to WebMD, and it can be a result of many different factors. Between the weight gain, change in your posture, and hormones surging through your body, there are plenty of culprits to choose from for the cause of all the pain.

If you're feeling a shooting pain going from your hip down to your feet the American Pregnancy Association says that could be your sciatic nerve acting up. “The sciatic nerve runs under your uterus to your legs. The cause of sciatic nerve pain is thought to be associated with pressure on the nerve caused by the developing baby,” reports American Pregnancy Association.

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What can you do to ease the pain?

Back pain during pregnancy isn't something you should just live with, so doing what you can to reduce the pain or prevent it from becoming an issue all together can make a big difference in your comfort levels.

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If your pain is caused by weight gain, making sure you're getting enough exercise and eating healthy portions can help keep back pain at bay. Discuss with your own doctor which exercises are safe when you're experiencing pain and how much weight you should try to gain during your pregnancy.

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If your pain is caused by your changing posture, ensure you get enough rest and time off of your feet. Also, take time to stretch so you don't become stiff. Chiropractic care can also be an option depending on your situation and you can always try hot or cold compresses on the more painful areas.

Avoid any heavy lifting and minimize how long you're standing on your feet to help calm your pain if it's caused by the sciatic nerve. You can also discuss with your doctor if a belly support device would be helpful in your case, which can help take some of the pressure off your hips and lower back.

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When to worry?

Make sure to mention your back pain to your care provider at your next appointment, just so they are aware. WebMD also urges you to seek medical attention if you're noticing your pain becomes more severe, starts abruptly, and is really painful, if your pain is centered high and to one side, or seems like it is occurring in a rhythmic cramping pattern.

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What You Need to Know About Back Pain During Pregnancy

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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