How to manage back pain during pregnancy
It’s no wonder back pain is such a common complaint, as the body is gaining more weight, your centre of gravity is lowered and your ligaments are starting to relax to prepare your body for labour.
Most women often find back pain most intense when they’ve been in the same position for along time as the muscles start to become stiff. Always make sure to change your position regularly and use the appropriate support, such as a cushion when sitting or sleeping, and a lumbar role when exercising.
Remember… Posture can also be key to managing lower back pain. When you’re moving around make sure to bend from the knees and keep your back straight. Don’t forget to move your feet when turning as this can help prevent excess twisting on the spine!
Keep these principles of good posture in mind to help relieve any stress on your spine: stand up straight and tall, hold your chest high, keep your shoulders and back relaxed and use a comfortably wide stance to keep your upper body fully supported.
Did you know… Exercising in water, such as attending aqua-natal sessions, can be an effective way of exercising the muscles without out causing any damage. This is due to the fact the buoyancy of the water can help provide you with the extra support your body will need!
Remember… Although back pain is common during pregnancy, it is important to make sure you’re getting the right exercise. Attending a class or speaking to a health professional is a useful way to know you’re taking care of your body in the best way possible.
Try some gentle yoga exercises or going for a walk as a way to incorporate some exercise into your day and keeping your muscles active.
For further information or comments, please contact Melanie Rogers at Active Family Chiropractic on 01869 722053 or email at email@example.com