Lower Back Pain and Pregnancy


Lower back pain and pregnancy are interconnected and is something that more than 70% of women experience at one point of time or the other during their pregnancy. However, this generally occurs during the last couple of months. The main cause of this lower back pain during pregnancy is the various hormonal changes that happen in your body which is due to the fact that there is a tiny person growing inside of you. Due to the stretching of your body to accommodate the baby, your muscles weaken and your joints and ligaments stretch, causing this lower back pain.



Lower back pain is a common problem for pregnant women. In this video Dr. Jeff Echols of JeffEchols.com discusses how the extra weight of pregnancy can cause misalignments in the person lower spine which can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve.




Sitting or standing for long periods of time and even sleeping in awkward positions can cause this lower back pain. Lethargic women or women who have already suffered from lower back pain previously are more likely to develop this pain during their pregnancy as compared to other women to exercise and keep fit. Being pregnant with twins or triplets will also result in lower back pain due to the carrying of the extra weight.

Learn what causes low back pain during pregnancy and what you can do to ease or prevent it in this article.


There are two types of back pain that may be experienced by pregnant women. The first type is lumbar pain which is felt in the lumbar vertebrae area of the back and the second type is posterior pelvic pain. Lumbar back pain is the normal lower back pain that most people experience at some point of time or the other in their life. This pain is brought on by sitting or standing for too long or when you sleep in a funny position. The second type of pain or posterior pelvic pain is caused by walking, lifting, twisting or bending. This pain is felt in the front pelvic area and even on your upper thighs. This pain is often confused with sciatica.



Dr. Sadie Rausenberger explains why pregnant women develop low back pain and shows some effective treatments for pain relief. Video from SpinalAndSportsCare.com




There are many different ways to lessen or totally avoid this lower back pain. Instead of simply lying down for a long time, exercising is another option that will keep you fit and healthy. Various strengthening exercises should be practiced as they help in keeping you and your muscles in shape. They also keep your muscles flexible and limber. Another great option is prenatal yoga. Swimming is another option that many women prefer as it flexes all the muscles of the body and can also be very relaxing. You could even include walking in your daily regime. However, when exercising, the right posture is very important. Otherwise it could result in even more pain.



In this video Dr. Katie Sleigh of Sleigh Family Chiropractic demonstrates how the pelvic rock exercise can help pregnant women with back pain.





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