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Common Factors Of Lower Back Pain In Early Pregnancy

Updated on June 30, 2011


Back pain is one of the most common complaints among pregnant women. This can cause discomfort and there is currently no known medical treatment yet. Lower back pain in early pregnancy should not be a cause for alarm because this is normal. The reason for this back pain is because your uterus grows and your body undergoes hormonal changes that loosen the joints and ligaments that are attached to the pelvic bone. Enlargement of the uterus tends to shift the center of gravity and then stretch and weaken the abdominal muscles and change position and puts pressure on the back.

Understanding early pregnancy

Another cause of lower back pain in early pregnancy is the extra weight you carry. This means that your muscles have to work harder, and there is increased pressure on your joints, which is why many women complain that their back hurts at the end of the day. You can also feel pain in the back, if your uterus presses on a nerve. The two most common elements of pain in pregnant women are low back pain and pelvic pain. If you have experienced back pain before, even if you were not pregnant, it is likely that you will again during your pregnancy. You are also more likely to have the pain if you have a sedentary lifestyle, or if you have poor flexibility, and weak lower back and stomach muscles. If you are carrying twins, this could lead to a higher risk as well.

Sometimes women have a urinary tract infection during pregnancy that can also cause lower back pain in early pregnancy. Furthermore, body weight increases rapidly at this stage and puts additional pressure on the spine, causing pain. As the stomach enlarges and there are other body changes, a pregnant woman's center of gravity changes and that result in back pain.

Taking the proper steps

A simple and effective option available to get rid of the pain is exercise. Exercise is something that can turn out to be a great way to find relief from this problem. Medicine is not preferable, because they are contra-indicated when the mother is expecting to have a baby. Some of the best examples to find relief from back problems are to zone in on the pelvic area. Good posture is essential for the pregnant mother to minimize the back pain during the pregnancy. The correct posture means standing tall and maintaining this even after the end of the pregnancy. During the latter part of pregnancy, you can get relief from pain by changing your posture as often as possible and to keep from standing too long.

Another important step you can take to get relief from the painful condition is to get enough rest and sleep during the early pregnancy. Yoga is very effective in providing relief of back problems, but if it is serious, then a mother should consult with her doctor, who may recommend physical therapy to get relief. Therefore, just by taking simple steps during the early pregnancy stages, woman can make their pregnancy more comfortable.

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