As your baby grows, your center of gravity shifts forward. To avoid falling forward, you might compensate by leaning back which can strain the muscles in your lower back and contribute to back pain during pregnancy.
It is very common to get backache or back pain during pregnancy, especially in the early stages. During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis, which can cause back pain.
Lower back pain symptoms may start at any time during pregnancy. These symptoms may feel like: A dull ache or sharp, burning pain in the lower back area. One-sided pain in the right or left area of the lower and/or mid-back.
You can blame your growing uterus for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles. This changes your posture and puts a strain on your back.
Even though back pain or backache maybe normal during early stages, sometimes the only safe way is to seek medical attention if they persist or you see any of the following danger signs.
1. Vaginal bleeding.
3. Severe headaches with blurred vision.
4. Fever and too weak to get out of bed.
5. Severe abdominal pain.
6. Fast or difficult breathing.
Laying on your stomach, particularly in the early days of pregnancy is unlikely to do your unborn baby any harm. In early pregnancy, until you have a sizeable bump, lying on your stomach is both safe and generally comfortable.
While this is a common occurrence in pregnancy, it is not normal. Also, babies often sleep where they are not squished. So if you're always on your left side then babies will spend more time on the right.
However, sleeping on your back is not recommended as it causes your abdomen to rest on your intestines and some major blood vessels. Pressure from the abdomen can cause a variety of health problems, the most serious of which is a lack of blood flow to mom and baby.
Physical demands (lifting, standing, bending) Heavy lifting, standing for long periods of time, or bending a lot during pregnancy could increase your chances of miscarriage, preterm birth, or injury during pregnancy.
Call your doctor If severe stomach pain occurs. Stomach pain is constant and lasts more than 2 hours. Stomach pains come and go, and last more than 24 hours, If you have vaginal bleeding or spotting too.
Most pregnant women can take acetaminophen if their doctor gives them the thumbs-up when having back pain . It's the most common pain reliever that doctors allow pregnant women to take. Some studies have found that about two-thirds of pregnant women take acetaminophen sometime during their nine-month stretch.
A woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy should be allowed to and encouraged to continue working for as long as she chooses. This actually means you can work without interruption until the onset of labor. Incase of any complications seek attention from your doctor immediately.
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