How to Treat Back Pain During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and dealing with disruptive back pain that just doesn’t seem to go away, you’re certainly not alone. Back pain is one of the most common problems that pregnant women face. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to help alleviate your pain and promote good spinal health:
- Take a warm bath or place a heating pad on your back to relax tensed muscles and improve circulation.
- With your doctor’s approval, take an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain.
- Sleep with a support pillow or place a pillow under your knees.
- Wear a support device while running errands or at work.
- Gently stretch your back and hamstring muscles and engage in low-impact exercise, like going for a walk in comfortable shoes or taking a swim.
When to See a Doctor
Sometimes, back pain during pregnancy may be a sign of a urinary tract infection or early labor. Be sure to contact your doctor if you have back pain that is severe in nature, worsens over time, or occurs very suddenly.
What Causes Back Pain During Pregnancy?
If you’re coping with pregnancy-related back pain, you may be wondering what exactly is to blame for your discomfort. There are two main factors that are likely contributing to the pain you are feeling:
Tensed Back Muscles
As your uterus becomes heavier, your posture naturally changes to accommodate the added weight to the front of your body. This forward-bending posture places strain on your back muscles, as does trying to correct this posture by leaning backwards. In short, it’s almost impossible to avoid straining your back muscles during pregnancy!
Weakened Abdominal Muscles
Core strength is key to avoiding back pain. However, as your uterus expands, your abdominal muscles stretch and naturally weaken, increasing the likelihood of back soreness and injury.
Our Approach to Pregnancy Care
The growing team of obstetricians at Tufts Medical Center Community Care is here to meet the varying needs of women throughout their pregnancy journey. If you are seeking an obstetrics provider, we encourage you to choose our multispecialty medical group for your pregnancy care.
Tufts Medical Center Community Care is a clinical affiliate of Tufts Medical Center and a part of MelroseWakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. As such, we have the expertise and resources to provide a full spectrum of world-class treatment to expectant mothers and babies alike. Our obstetricians emphasize compassionate and personalized care and work hand-in-hand with maternal-fetal medicine specialists and neonatologists from Tufts Medical Center as necessary to ensure appropriate treatment for women with high-risk pregnancies and newborns with special medical needs.
We encourage you to contact our friendly professionals at Tufts Medical Center Community Care if you would like to learn more information about our obstetricians, pregnancy care services, accepted health insurances, and our well-rounded approach to women’s health. Our practice is proud to serve women and families throughout north suburban Boston.