Back Pain In Pregnancy

Back pain is both common and normal in pregnancy. In some cases, back pain may continue after your baby is born.

Factors Contributing To Back Pain:

  • Hormonal changes, which contribute to the loosening of ligaments in your body
  • Change in posture, slouching, center of gravity and body weight
  • Increased abdomen size
  • Increased breast size

Common Types Of Back Pain:

  • Shooting buttocks pain: Due to an uneven pelvis. This will occur when getting out of bed, walking or stair climbing
  • Shooting groin pain: Increases with walking, getting out of bed and rolling in bed
  • Dull ache along waist and back: You may become more aware of this at the end of the day
  • Dull ache between shoulder blades: Due to slouching, sitting too long, not wearing a good support bra or poor positioning with breastfeeding

Comfort Measures For Back Pain In Pregnancy:

  • Heat: To help loosen tight, achy muscles
  • Ice: To reduce sharp pain
  • Warm compress
  • Slush Ice Pack: One-gallon Ziploc bag, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 3 cups of water. Zip close and freeze overnight
  • Pregnancy/Postpartum Massage
  • Swimming
  • Exercises recommended by your physician
  • Acupuncture
  • Warm bath
  • Chiropractor, who is certified for pregnancy
  • Massage: Certified pregnancy massage is offered at WomanCare

Warning Signs:
Pain associated with:

  • Spotting, bleeding
  • Leakage of fluid from vagina
  • Decreased/absent fetal movement
  • Hard, tender uterus
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Urinary symptoms: frequency, painful urination and/or blood in urine
  • Fever