There are two types of back pain in pregnant ladies: true back pain and pelvic girdle pain.
True back pain was probably always there, and is caused by poor posture in your everyday life. Of course, poor posture during pregnancy is unavoidable and so it exacerbates true back pain.
Pelvic girdle pain is caused by movement in the pelvis as the body gets ready for birth. This is very different and must be treated differently.
True back pain in pregnant ladies.
This is very common and can be debilitating. You can follow my ‘back facts’ on Facebook and Twitter; these explain why back pain occurs, so deals with avoidance. This blog deals with the treatment and handling of true back pain.
Treatment and handling of true back pain in pregnant ladies.
- Core stability exercises are vital to protect your lower back. When you bend forwards, the extra weight on your stomach makes your lower back work extra hard. Good core stability means good posture, which means less back pain. http://www.fatemehthephysio.co.uk/fatemehs-dvd/ (I’m constantly happy to give free advice to anyone with back pain. My DVD, however, provides a visual guide that you can use at home, in the car or at work.)
- You must have the correct posture when seated and when standing. Please scroll down to read my “Feeling good – from top to toe” blogs.
- Exercise regularly. There are many simple exercises you can do to help your back. They’re not over strenuous and are suitable for women at various stages of pregnancy. Whenever you exercise, you must listen to your body… if your body says ‘no’, don’t do it. (My DVD can show you everything you need to know.)
- When your back is strong, external factors will have less of a negative impact on your back. Please scroll down to read my ‘Manual Handling’ blog. Manual Handling isn’t just for the workplace; it’s for home life too.
- Pregnancy should be a pleasure. Take regular breaks, rest with your feet up, maintain your fluid intake, exercise to a level that suits you and, I’ll say it again… take regular breaks!
Once the baby arrives, your life will be beautifully hectic and you need to enjoy every second. True back pain will come and go dependent on whether you remember to look after yourself.
So please take care and I’ll see you next week to talk about pelvic girdle pain.
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