During pregnancy, the tummy will grow and expand beyond belief. Not only may you not understand how your belly stretches so large, but you will inevitably have to deal with the back pain associated with carrying such a large front load on the body. Dealing with back pain during pregnancy is all about rest, relaxation and the right support.
Does resting help back pain?
Along with the huge amount of internal body changes, pregnancy gives mom a new physique. The growing belly will place an unbalanced amount of weight on the lower back and this will often cause back pain, which can range from mild to severe. During the second and third trimesters of the pregnancy, there is no doubt you will need to get off your feet and rest your back from time to time in order to stave off any back pain caused by your growing belly.
How can I support my lower back?
Wearing loose fitting clothing and supportive comfortable shoes during pregnancy can also help to relieve back pain. Remember that the feet will often swell during pregnancy and a pair of shoes that fit before the baby may not fit during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
In addition, a new product on the pregnancy market laces under the belly and provides weight support for the fetus in order to distribute the weight on the entire body as opposed to just the lower back. Check out maternity stores for various similar products to relieve back pain.
How can I distinguish labor from normal lower back pain?
As the pregnancy progresses into the third trimester, take careful notice of the types of back pain you experience. Back pain is one of the symptoms of labor and could mean the baby is ready to leave the womb and come out into the world. If back pain changes or lasts for longer than normal, seeking your doctor’s advice.
The signs of labor often appearing at the same time as the lower back pain may include abdominal cramping, spotting, breaking of the fetal membranes and an urge to push with the back pain. If the back pain appears alone but comes and goes from sharp to dull this may also be a sign of impending birth.