pain in pregnancy
Back pain is a very common feature of pregnancy.
It is estimated that 80% of all pregnant women will have some form of back pain.
It is caused by a variety of factors, the
major one being of course the extra weight which must be carried around by the
body during a pregnancy.
does it start?
Backache in pregnancy can start as early
as the first three months when the ligaments, which help to support the spine,
begin to relax. This relaxation process is triggered by the changing hormonal
levels of pregnancy and prepares the body for the developing bump! It usually
results in mild back pain, which is relieved by gentle exercise and plenty of
rest. Severe backache in the first three months of pregnancy may be a warning
sign of an impending miscarriage and should always be reported to your GP.
In the middle three months of pregnancy,
the relaxation of the ligaments around the spine will continue, and backache
during this period is also caused by pressure from the growing baby and exaggerated
curvature of the mothers spine.
Towards the end of pregnancy, persistent
backache may herald the onset of labour.
can I relieve the pain?
Backache in pregnancy can be relieved somewhat
by participating in gentle exercise classes such as swimming and yoga. It is
also very important to get sufficient rest and to maintain good posture at all
times, even with an ever-expanding bump.
it disappear after delivery?
For the vast majority of women, the birth
of their baby will result in the disappearance of the backache associated with
their pregnancy. However, in some cases it may take several months for the pain
to disappear completely. If pain persists unduly the situation should be reassessed
by your doctor
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