Backache During Pregnancy

 

While pregnancy is one of the most special phases of a woman’s life, it comes with its own set of challenges. However, mothers have the innate ability to undergo any challenge to be able to birth their babies and that is why they are so SPECIAL.

One of the most common and also the most uncomfortable challenges of pregnancy is back ache. While it is normal to experience it, because it essentially means that your baby is growing, it can still pose difficult to tolerate at times.

It mostly occurs during the second half of your pregnancy, your lower back being more prone to it.

The reasons for it are many. Weight gain contributes a fair amount, since the added pressure on your spine makes it come out in the form of back pain. One of the main things that the extra weight does is, it shifts your centre of gravity, making you change your posture, resulting in discomfort in the back area over a period of time. Add to it the hormonal changes and all the muscle stretching thats happening continuously during the course of your pregnancy and you have to yourself, multiple reasons for the discomfort that you are facing.

One other reason, that we often miss but shouldn’t, is stress. Taking a lot of emotional or mental stress at any time, may lead you to experience it in the form of aches n pains in your upper back and shoulder area.

However, the good news is that there are things that you can do to be able to relieve yourself. You don’t necessarily have to suffer a lot over a long period of time.While some amount of it may remain, there are ways in which you can make sure that you, by and large are able to cope with them.

One of the most beneficial things to do is exercise. Although exercising in general is important for your over all well being, there are some in particular that can help you greatly with your ache and pains in the back. If you have enrolled yourselves in childbirth education classes, you will realize that there are many specific exercise which if you do regularly, it isn’t as difficult to be able to deal with your back issues. Aside from that, in some cases, using ice packs for 10 -15 minutes will help.

While you do these activities, one thing needs to be a constant… your Correct Posture. It is very easy to let go and be in the wrong posture for large part of the day, giving rise to uncomfortable pains by the end of it. However, if you are a bit more careful and alert, you can easily handle the situation.

Lastly, taking care of your emotional stress helps a lot. Surrounding yourself with people, especially other expecting mothers, who are able to understand your issues better, has been shown to benefit greatly. The less stressed you are, the less prone you are to developing tension in your muscles, resulting in these muscular aches.

Most of these activities, including meeting and interacting with people, are taken care of in childbirth education classes.. as they give you the perfect place to do your exercises, while strengthening your bond with other mothers, and keeping your postural alignments on track.

So mothers, what are we waiting for… why should we be in pain and cry when we can take help and fly?

 

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