” Women used to be told that they had to put up with a backache in pregnancy because nothing could be done about it. In fact, there are several practical measures that help relieve symptoms. You don’t have to put up with debilitating pain”
The kind of back strain that tends to occur at this stage of pregnancy is a generalized back pain. Later in the trimester, you may develop more specific back problems, such as sciatica, pubic symphysis dysfunction are the sacroiliac joint pain.
First of all, make sure that your doctor identifies exactly what the problem is, the back is such a complex area that the pain could be due to any number of causes. It is not sensible to embark on a serious of treatments that are the best inappropriate, at worst dangerous.
By all means consider consulting an osteopath, but do make sure that you choose a trained practitioner. A skilled osteopath will relieve symptoms of a backache(or joint pain) by gentle manipulation and massage but you should never agree to undergo any realigning of a vertebra, especially in the lower spine by ”clicking” them back into place or using short, sharp manipulations.
Once your doctor has made a diagnosis, the back exercise designed for pregnancy may be helpful (some of them are shown here).
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Because your bump now weights heavily, you may find that walking even short distances can pull on your abdominal ligaments or give you lower backache. Your pelvic ligaments are now under more strain than ever and, as they are more elastic than usual, it is inevitable that they complain when made to work harder. To protect your back when lifting and how to support your back while you sleep.
Regular exercise will help build stronger back muscles and improve your posture and, as a result, support your spine and lumbar region and help reduce. If not prevent, back pain. Physical activity will also enable you to sleep better, as you will feel calmer in yourself, thanks to endorphins released during exercise, which have a slight painkilling and mood enhancing effect.
Another practical way to reduce back strain is to buy an orthopaedic belt (these are usually advertised as maternity belts in magazines and on the internet). The belt is positioned just below your enlarging bump and straps around your pelvis with velcro fastenings. Wear it through the day and take it off at night. I remember how important may belt was to me at this stage in pregnancy. I was carrying twins, and am short(about 1.5m or 5ft 2in), which meant that by 26 weeks, I was feeling extremely unsteady on my feet and the backache was awful. As soon as I put on my belt, the relief was immediate. Why they are not recommended regularly for pregnant women is a mystery to me.
If your back is giving you problems, try some of the exercises below. They will help to strengthen the muscles that give support to your spine and pelvis and will keep you supple, which will be great benefits during labor. As always stop exercising. if you feel any discomfort, and if you are unsure about any specific exercise, ask the advice of an obstetric physiotherapist(contact him/her through your midwife or doctor).
These minerals with supplements or dietary changes. When you get a cramp attack, simply flex the leg, calf or foot in the opposite direction. So if your calf gets a cramp, for example, stretch it out by straightening your leg and flexing your foot towards you as you simultaneously massage the calf area until the pain fades away. Although leg cramps are uncomfortable, they are nothing to worry about, since they are temporary ailments that will disappear after your baby is born. However, constant leg pain should always be investigated because of an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnancy.