Back Pain During Pregnancy How do I manage?. By: Joyce Flores, MPT Cathy Villanueva, MPT. I’m pregnant…. “My back hurts.” “bloated” “constipated” “I have no energy at all & I’m exhausted all the time.” “I can’t fall asleep at night.”.
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By: Joyce Flores, MPT
Cathy Villanueva, MPT
“I have no energy at all & I’m exhausted all the time.”
“I can’t fall asleep at night.”
“gaining weight like crazy”
“I’m feeling extremely moody.”How am I feeling?
About 50% of women experience some kind of lumbopelvic (low back & pelvic girdle pain) during pregnancy.
“Many of the physiologic and morphologic changes of pregnancy persist 4-6 weeks postpartum.” (ACOG, 2002)
Most of the pain disappears within 1-3 months after delivery. (Stuge at al., 2004)Back Pain During Pregnancy
More mobility in pelvic joints back & pelvic girdle pain) during pregnancy.
Ligaments soften, joints loosen to prepare for birth
Possible low back pain esp. with walking & stairs
Center of gravity changes
Uterus is heavier & larger
Center of gravity shifts forward
Naturally you adjust posture & movement to compensate
Compensations puts new strain on low back & hipsWhy do I have back pain?
Poor posture back & pelvic girdle pain) during pregnancy.
Poor muscle tone
Tight hip flexors from sitting too long
Abdominal muscles may separate
Diastasis rectiWhy do I have back pain?
Practice correct posture back & pelvic girdle pain) during pregnancy.
Shift weight when standing long periods
Sit with feet slightly elevated
Don’t make sudden reaching movements
Sidelying while sleeping/ resting
pelvic stabilization, back stretches, abdominal strengtheningWhat can I do?
Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating & swelling back & pelvic girdle pain) during pregnancy.
Promotes muscle tone, strength, endurance, stamina
↑ likelihood of having an easier, shorter & less complicated laborBenefits of Exercise
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