The Different Types and Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy
A woman’s body goes through many different changes throughout pregnancy. Some of these changes can have a direct impact on their spine health and possibly lead to chronic back pain. Studies indicate more than half of pregnant women will experience at least some type of back pain during their pregnancy. Symptoms are usually present in the final couple of months but can begin as early as two months into the pregnancy. Knowing the different types and causes of back pain can help you know what adjustments you may need to make to prevent persistent lower back pain.
Most Common Types of Back Pain During Pregnancy
The two most common types of back pain pregnant women experience are lower back pain and posterior pelvic pain. The lower back pain is very similar to the pain felt when you aren’t pregnant. In fact, sometimes women have persistent lower back pain even before they become pregnant. It can just be a little more intense when you are pregnant, especially if you have to sit, stand or do repetitive motions often.
Posterior pelvic pain is a much more uncomfortable type of pain and can extend from the back down to the thighs. This type of pain typically develops from a certain activity you’ve done, such as running or walking long distances, lifting or bending or doing various repetitive motions. Sometimes these activities can’t be avoided, but it’s important to pay attention to your body and take it a little easier if you start experiencing pain.
Main Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy
Both types of back pain during pregnancy can be caused by various factors, including:
- Gaining weight
- Changes in center of gravity
- Bending, lifting, twisting, etc.
It’s easy to identify why you’re having persistent lower back pain if you’re a very active person. One of the activities could have caused the injury, so you know the reason why you’re experiencing it and can make appropriate adjustments as needed.
How To Alleviate Some of The Pain
Weight gain and changing your center of gravity are often overlooked as being reasons for persistent lower back pain. You don’t necessarily need to visit a spine and orthopedic center if you’re slowly developing back pain during pregnancy, but it is important to be aware of your pain levels. When you gain weight, your body shifts and moves differently, which can create some stress and tension on your muscles and spine. Practicing good posture, not making sudden movements and focusing on keeping your back and shoulders aligned will help prevent pain and alleviate any existing pain.
DBC Active Spine Care® takes great pride in helping people improve their spine health so they can live a more comfortable life. Pregnancy can be uncomfortable in many different ways, and back pain can significantly make the discomfort even more intense. Our program is designed to help people align their spine naturally and strengthen their supporting muscles along the way. Be sure to contact us at any time to see how our spine care program can help alleviate any back pain you experience during pregnancy.