Pregnancy Related Information


Back & Joint Pain in Pregnancy


Joint pain is extremely common during pregnancy. At least 50% of pregnant women experience back joint pain to some degree throughout their pregnancy. Although it can occur at any time between conception and birth, it is most frequently troublesome in the later stages of pregnancy. Sometimes it is not possible to eliminate pain completely, but we have put together a list of the following things that can be done to reduce & help you manage back & joint pain throughout your pregnancy

Preventing Back & Joint Pain Before it Begins

  • Be sure you are getting adequate Calcium and Magnesium in your diet
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Practice good posture- Stand with your hips and pelvis tucked in and your shoulders back and head up.
  • When sleeping or resting, lie on your side with your knees and hips bent. Try placing a pillow between your knees and one under your belly. This can help take pressure off your low back. There are also some great pregnancy pillows that can help make you more comfortable.
  • Wear good shoes. Heels and unsupportive shoes can contribute to spinal discomfort.
  • When you sit, elevate your feet slightly. Try to take breaks from sitting at least every half hour.
  • Don’t cross your legs.
  • Practice safe lifting and bending. To lower your body, bend at the knees instead of the waist. Use your thigh muscles to push yourself back up without using your back.
  • Try a pregnancy support belt.
  • If you will be standing for extended periods of time, try to keep one of your feet elevated on a low stool.
  • Exercise regularly to support and strengthen your back.
  • Pregnancy massage(prenatal massage) is excellent for keeping your body loose and free of pain.
  • Acupunture can help keep you balanced and prevent you from aching
  • Prenatal Yoga can help keep your body loose and comfortable.

Treatment for Back & Joint Pain During Pregnancy

  • Use ice or heat.
  • See a pregnancy massage therapist, or acupuncturist.
  • Use a pregnancy belt or support device.
  • When lying down use a pregnancy pillow.
  • Rest & put your feet up regularly.
  • Take a warm bath

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