Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pregnancy conditions and problems - how to get rid of back pain when pregnant

Pregnancy conditions and common minor problems: Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. Sometimes these changes can cause you discomfort or irritation, and you may be worried about what is happening to you. There is usually nothing to worry about, but you should mention anything that concerns you to your midwife or doctor. If you think that something may be seriously wrong, trust your own judgment and get in touch with your midwife or doctor straight away.
These articles describe some of the minor and more serious health problems and give advices on how to deal with them and when you should get help.
Pregnancy back pain
As your baby grows, the hollow in your lower back may become more pronounced, and this can also cause backache. During pregnancy, your ligaments become softer and stretch to prepare you for labor. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis, which can cause backache.
How to avoid back pain during pregnancy    
Avoid lifting heavy objects.
Bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting or picking something up from the floor.
Move your feet when turning round to avoid twisting your spine.
Wear flat shoes that allow your weight to be evenly distributed.
Work at a surface that is high enough so that you don’t stoop.
Try to balance the weight between two bags when carrying shopping.
Sit with your back straight and well supported.
Make sure you get enough rest – particularly later in pregnancy.
How to ease back pain when pregnant   
A firm mattress can help to prevent and relieve backache. If your mattress is too soft, put a piece of hardboard under it to make it firmer.
Massage can help.
Serious back pain while pregnant    
If your backache is very painful, ask your doctor to refer you to an obstetric physiotherapist at your hospital. They will be able to give you some advice and may suggest some helpful exercises.

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