Back pain during pregnancy is common and often temporary. Most women gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy–extra weight that places pressure on the spine and supporting muscles, joints, and nerves. Thankfully, spine surgeons in Beverly Hills have a few suggestions to get some much-appreciated relief.
Light-to-moderate exercise can help strengthen the muscles and joints that support the spine to help deal with the added stress to the back area. Safe exercises during pregnancy include:
- Walking or marching in place
- Swimming or aqua aerobics
- Stationary cycling
- Step aerobics
- Free-form movement classes
Adjust Your Posture
A growing baby is going to throw off your natural balance. Compensate for this by adjusting your posture. A wider stance, for instance, allows for a more comfortable standing position that’s not too bad for your spine. Posture can also be adjusted with:
- Small pillows behind your back while sitting
- A footstool to prop up your feet
- A low step-stool to rest a foot on while standing
Regular Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic manipulation of the spine can be perfectly safe during pregnancy when performed in a controlled setting. Acupuncture has also been shown to be helpful for some women during pregnancy.
Getting the Right Gear
Opt for low-heeled shoes during pregnancy to get good arch support since misalignment starting in the feet can affect the lower back. Compression/support hose can counter the effects of walking or standing for extended periods of time. Maternity support belts can also help reduce pressure on the spine.
Pregnancy or support pillows can also help ease pressure on your spine while sleeping. If you have to do some mild lifting, do so by squatting and lifting with your legs. While some prescription painkillers are a no-no during pregnancy, some OTC remedies may be all right–just check with your board-certified physician first. Unless you had back issues prior to pregnancy, any discomfort is likely to subside or go away completely after giving birth.
If you had serious back pain prior to pregnancy and it doesn’t subside within a reasonable time frame after giving birth, it might be time to talk to a spine specialist about your condition. From conservative methods to medical interventions like spine surgery and artificial disc replacement, a specialist will be able to determine the root of your pain and identify treatment options most likely to provide a positive outcome. Call (310) 828-7757 today and request an in-person consultation.