How to relieve back pain when sleeping during pregnancy
Many people focus on pre-natal lower back pain. However, there are also a fair number of women who experience upper back pain (thoracic spine). A woman has to face some discomfort during pregnancy. Experiencing back pains is one of the most common discomforts that women experience during this time. At times, back pains can be rather annoying. In the early stages of pregnancy, experiencing lower back pains is common. However, women can experience upper back pain during the late stage of pregnancy when the uterus attains a significant weight and reaches the maximum size. This pain is mostly experienced during the third trimester of the pregnancy. The third trimester of a pregnancy is characterized by tremendous changes that take place to prepare the body for childbirth.
What Causes Upper Back Pain During Pregnancy?
There are a number of reasons why women experience upper back pain during pregnancy. The level of pregnancy hormones rises once you are pregnant. These hormones cause the muscles and ligaments in your stomach and back area to loosen and relax. The reason why your muscles relax and loosen is that they can make room for the baby that is growing. More pressure is put on your ribs as the weight of the uterus and the baby increases. A woman also gains about 25% more weight when she is pregnant. All this extra pressure and weight may cause weakening of muscles, which results in upper back pain.
Another reason why pregnant women experience upper back pain is because the center of gravity is shifted by the baby that is growing inside you, and extra weight can cause your body to lean forward. This causes your back muscles to work harder to maintain the balance of your body. Breasts becoming bigger may be another cause of upper back pain during pregnancy. Due to the added weight and the bigger size of your breasts, your shoulders may be pulled down.
How to Relieve Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy
Pregnancy-related sciatica may cause discomfort in the middle of your buttocks and down 1 leg. Fortunately, there are many ways to ease the pain. Relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve with small changes like wearing a pregnancy support belt and low-heeled shoes. You can apply heat to painful areas or seek a variety of treatments to deal with the discomfort.
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What Is Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy? How Does One Relieve It?
Organs in your pelvis include your bowel, bladder, womb (uterus) and ovaries. . In some cases the pain comes from your pelvic bones that lie next to these organs, or from nearby muscles, nerves, blood vessels or joints. So, there are many causes of pelvic pain. Pelvic pain is more common in women than in men.
• Most women experience pressure and pain in the pelvic area sometime during their pregnancy
• The pain can present itself as a minor ache or as severe intolerable pain (varies from one person to another)
• In early pregnancy, the pain is possibly caused by:
• The normal stretching and enlargement of the uterus
• Pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy) – this is not a viable pregnancy
• A miscarriage or an impending miscarriage
• An infection in the uterus
• Women usually complain of pelvic pain in the last trimester as the baby drops in preparation of birth
• Pain is caused primarily due to the increasing pressure put by the weight of the baby on the pelvic area (also impacts the hips, joints and muscles in the area)
• There is also another condition called Symphysis pubic (pelvic joint) dysfunction (SPD) where the ligaments that keep the pelvic joint in place become stretchy and relaxed during pregnancy and may cause pain
• The doctor may also recommend some or all of the following for normal pregnancy related pain:
• May recommend acetaminophen to relieve pain
• Taking additional rest
• Applying heat to the affected area
• Pelvic /Kegel exercises
• Using a support belt to support the pelvis
• Pelvic pain is fairly common and can be a result of the normal changes during early pregnancy and due to increasing weight put by the fetus on the pelvic area in the last trimester
• In some cases it could be a result of some complications like ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage and may need immediate surgery
• If the pain is due to the changes that normally occur during pregnancy, the doctor may recommend measures to relieve the pain such as resting/exercising/applying heat etc.
• Though usually harmless, please consult your doctor if you experience pain as it may also be indicative of something serious
How Can I Relieve Back Pain When Pregnant?
Pregnant women can exercise to strengthen the muscles of the core that help to stabilize the spine and thereby minimize back pain and discomfort, according to Jessica Matthews, an assistant professor of health and exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego and pregnancy fitness educator. Matthews recommends limb raises to reduce the strain on your back. Begin in a hands and knees position and slowly lift your left arm out while lifting your right leg for eight seconds. Switch to your right arm and left leg and repeat the exercise to engage your core back muscles while keeping your spine in a neutral position. Pool exercises, such as water aerobics, can also help relieve the pressure on your lumbar spine, says Matthews who is also an exercise physiologist.
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