Back Pain during pregnancy: Causes, Treatment And Prevention

Back pain during pregnancy

Back pain or discomfort is common during pregnancy and should be expected to some degree by most women. Back pain may be experienced during any point of your pregnancy; however, it most commonly occurs later in pregnancy as baby grows.

Back pain can disrupt your daily routine or interfere with a good night of sleep.  The good news is there are steps you can take to manage the back pain that you experience.

How common is back pain during pregnancy?

You are not alone if you experience back pain during your pregnancy.  The prevalence varies with reports showing between 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women experiencing back pain.

What causes back pain during pregnancy?

Back pain during pregnancy is related to a number of factors. Some women begin to have lower back pain with the onset of pregnancy.  Women who are most at risk for back pain are those who are overweight or had back pain prior to pregnancy.

Here is a list of potential causes of back pain or discomfort during pregnancy:
  • Increase of hormones – Hormones released during pregnancy allow ligaments in the pelvic area to soften and the joints to become looser in preparation for the birthing process; this shift in joints and loosening of ligaments may affect the support your back normally experiences.
  • Center of gravity – Your center of gravity will gradually move forward as your uterus and baby grow, which causes your posture to change.
  • Additional weight – Your developing pregnancy and baby create additional weight that your back must support.
  • Posture or position – Poor posture, excessive standing, and bending over can trigger or escalate the pain you experience in your back.
  • Stress – Stress usually accumulates in weak areas in the body, and because of the changes in your pelvic area, you may experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.

Source: American Pregnancy Association Promoting Pregnancy Wellness

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