Relieve Your Pregnancy Back Pain

pregnant woman laying on floor with her feet up on a exercise ballIn pregnancy, at some point between morning sickness and labor pains, you’ll more than likely experience another unwelcome guest: back pain. Between 50% and 70% of expectant mothers experience back pain, generally beginning in the second half of pregnancy as changes in body weight and center of gravity put added strain on the spine.

Back pain in pregnancy – often experienced as dull, persistent aches in the lower back – tends to affect younger women and those who had weak backs before pregnancy, or have had multiple pregnancies. For most women, pain occurs in the sacroiliac joint — where the pelvis attaches to the spine. It may begin as stiffness in the morning and then progress to soreness through the day.

Causes of Back Pain in Pregnant Women

There are many possible reasons pregnant women may experience back or spinal pain. Here are some of the more likely causes:

• Weight gain. During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain between 25 and 35 pounds. This added weight must be supported by the spine, which can result in discomfort in your lower back. Further, the weight of the growing baby and uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.