How to Handle Back Pain with Pregnancy
These simple tips can help you cope with back pain during your pregnancy:
- Mind your posture. As your pregnancy progresses, it will be harder to stand up straight, so pregnant women tend to slump their shoulders and arch their backs. These actions put more strain on the spine, to try to keep your bottom tucked in and your shoulders back.
- If you sit all day, make sure to mind your posture then, too. You might try supporting your feet with a footstool to help prevent lumbar pain or using a small lumbar roll behind your lower back. Take frequent breaks from sitting by getting up to walk at least every hour.
- Likewise, if you stand all day, be sure to take breaks frequently as well. Try to take a midday break and rest your back by lying on your side while supporting your upper leg and abdomen with pillows.
- Wear comfortable shoes and avoid wearing high heels during your pregnancy. As your belly grows, your balance will shift and put you at risk of stumbling and falling if you wear heeled shoes.
- Finally, remember to bend from your knees and lift things from a crouching position – and, better yet, try to avoid lifting anything heavy at all as your move through your pregnancy.
Any commonly known tips for taking care of your back will apply even more so during pregnancy, so be mindful of how you treat your back during this time of rapid body changes.