My back really hurts! What's going on? What can I safely do to help alleviate this pain?
Lower back pain or discomfort is a common pregnancy symptom for many women. As you gain weight and hormones loosen joints to accommodate the size of your baby, many women will complain of aches, fatigue, or even moderate to severe pain in the lower back.
There are some things you can do to lessen the severity and improve the symptoms:
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes
- Continue to exercise if you have been doing so
- Sleep on your left side with pillows to provide good spine alignment
- Sit in comfortable, supportive chairs
- Bend your knees when lifting (never lift heavy objects)
- Take acetaminophen as prescribed by your doctor
- Use heat or ice on your lower back
- Have a massage or see a chiropractor (make sure they are trained and specialize in working with pregnant women)
Just because it is an expected symptom of pregnancy, don't take back pain lightly. Constant dull, low back pain can sometimes be a symptom of labor. Severe pain along with other symptoms like dizziness, vaginal bleeding, or rupture of membranes (breaking of water) should be reported to your doctor.