Back pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy. The larger the baby grows, the more stress and strain the muscles of the sides and back endure. As muscles are pulled and stretched, your back can become achy and cramping can occur.
There are several tips that can help alleviate the back pain and discomfort you feel during pregnancy. A few include:
- Stay active. Stretching frequently or taking short walks will keep the muscles in your back strong and flexible. This can prevent cramping and stiffness as your pregnancy progresses.
- Lay on a heating pad set on low. Heat is soothing and will help to relax stiff, tight muscles. The low heat will increase circulation to the area reducing the risk of cramping.
- Get a pre-natal massage. Massage therapists who know how to perform pre-natal massages can releave tension in and around the back and spinal column. It is extremely relaxing and reduces inflammation that can present itself as muscles begin to tighten or become strained.
- Sleep on a firm mattress. A firm mattress supports your back and eliminates excessive amounts of stress being placed on the back when you sleep.
- Don't lift heavy objects. Lifting heavy items places a strain on your back when you aren't pregnant. During pregnancy your muscles are already stressed. Lifting something heavy can lead to strained or even pulled muscles.
- Watch your weight. Gaining too much weight during your pregnancy places extra stress on muscles that are already being forced into abnormal positions. Too much weight can cause muscle cramps and spasms.