Pregnancy back pain is incredibly common – half of all pregnancies are complicated by back pain. Of those, 10% of pregnancies are complicated by back pain so severe that it interferes with the ability to complete daily activities.
It’s a well-known fact that the body goes through many changes during pregnancy, but back pain should not be accepted as a natural part of pregnancy. We highly encourage those suffering from pregnancy back pain to take measures to help mitigate the pain.
One of the biggest reasons we encourage seeking help is because consistent low back pain that lasts for several weeks or months is an indicator of postpartum back pain. Keep reading to learn more about the common causes and ways to manage back pain while pregnant.
There are several common causes of pregnancy back pain. While pregnant, women can gain up to 25% of their body weight. The added weight of the pregnancy can stress your entire body, including your spine.
In addition to weight gain, where you gain weight can cause back pain. Often, weight gained during pregnancy is distributed in different areas of the body than normal weight gain. This can change your center of gravity, straining various muscles and causing them to fatigue quicker, leading to poor posture and pain.
Hormonal changes have also been known to contribute to back pain. A malfunction in the sacroiliac joint is one example of this. The sacroiliac joint allows for a natural alternating movement while walking. During pregnancy, hormonal changes increase the elasticity of the ligaments that control the joint, resulting in increased movement, instability and, ultimately, pain.
There are various ways to help mitigate your back pain. We recommend seeking a professional medical opinion to rule out any serious conditions and to get treatment options based on your unique condition. Some of these treatment options may include: beginning an exercise regimen, practicing proper posture during daily activities, incorporating at-home pain management techniques, and/or receiving hands-on treatment.
This information shouldn’t be taken as professional medical advice. If you or someone you love is suffering from pregnancy back pain, please seek professional medical attention.