Back Pain during pregnancy
Back pain is very common problem during pregnancy.
Why is back pain during pregnancy?
The enlargement of the uterus affects the centre of gravity, stretching out and weakening your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting pressure on your back. It can also cause back pain when it is suppressed on the nerves. In addition, your excess weight will greatly affect your muscles for more work resulting in stress on the joints, even your back may feel more pain during the night.
Moreover, hormonal changes in pregnancy can loosen the joints and ligaments that occur in your pelvis to the spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain as you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, and stand when we sit in the chair or when you clean the tub, drive, or lift a load the heavy.
You are not alone. As many as three quarters of pregnant women experience back pain at some point. Most often the pain appears in the next month or becomes more painful when the pregnancy gets bigger.
The back pain can also be felt after the baby is born, but postpartum back pain usually resolves within a few months. The good news is that there is no link between back pain and pregnancy outcomes.
What types of common low back pain during pregnancy?
Experts describe two common patterns of low back pain in pregnancy: Lumbar pain (back pain), occurring in the spinal area of the lower back, and posterior pelvic pain (pelvic area) that is felt in the back of the pelvis. Some women have symptoms of both types of low back pain.
Back pain is the same as any lower back pain you may experience before you become pregnant. You may also have pain spreading to your feet. Sitting or standing for long periods of time and lifting usually makes more pain, and it tends to become more intense on some days.
During pregnancy the woman experiences posterior pelvic pain, which feels on the lower part of your body rather than lower back pain. You may feel pain inside the buttocks, on one or both sides or the back of your thighs. This may be triggered by activities such as walking, stair climbing, in and out when cleaning the tub or sitting in a chair, rolling over on the bed, or twisting and lifting.
The position where you bend, the waist will start to feel – like sitting in the chair and leaning forward while working at the table and can make the pain of the posterior pelvis more pain. Women with posterior pelvic pain are also more likely to have pain over their pubic bones.
Low back pain during pregnancy with pain radiating down to leg
When the back pain radiates to the buttocks and thighs, you are often confused by feeling the sciatica at the pelvis where a condition is actually relatively rare. True pelvic pain, which can be caused by bulging the lower part of the spine, affects only about 1 percent of pregnant women.
If you feel pain the leg, your leg pain will usually be worse than your back pain. You may feel pain under the knee as well, and may even spread to your feet and toes. And you might feel tingling, or maybe some numbness. With severe sciatica, you may feel numbness in the groin or genital area as well. You will even find it difficult to urinate or defecate.
In such case, please call to an immediate appointment.
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