Post # 1
Tried the yoga and stretching it out, it’s not really helping. Warm showers are amazing but only give very temporary relief. My husband gave it a nice massage yesterday but was kind of hit and miss on making it feel better. Anyone know of any good websites that have good tips on how to give prenatal back massages or any other tricks to alleviate pain?
(I know, my posts have been a bit whiny lately, I’m really not falling apart nearly as much as these suggest)
Post # 3
I don’t know much about prenatal pain, but I do have recurrent back pain, so here are a couple suggestions-
Use ice before heat- if there is inflammation, you want to get that down and take some pressure off you nerves.
Try stretching on a big exercise ball. Lots of websites for this, just Google it.
Post # 4
It’s ok to be whiny; you are carrying almost a full-sized human being inside your uterus all day!
What about a maternity support belt? I was surprised how much it helped my back pain, and wearing it allowed me to walk/move around for much longer than I would be able otherwise.
Post # 5
I don’t know about pregnancy-related back pain, but Icy Hot has been my BEST FRIEND lately. The gel is really messy, but they also make a stick- it looks like a stick of deodorant but you rub it on your sore muscles. It helps me get to sleep at night so much better and it’s a cheap solution.
They also make a roll that’s sort of like a big adhesive bandage and you can rip off as much as you need, and that works well for during the day when you’re moving around. It keeps the medicine where it needs to be. I used it for a while, but I left one of the strips on for longer than usual and now I have a giant, perfectly rectangular rash in the middle of my back (from the adhesive, I think). So just be aware of that. Oh, and DO NOT apply the icy hot stick to said adhesive-related wound or you’ll feel like your spine is going to burst into flame. Just a heads up 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks, I haven’t tried the exercize ball yet, I’ll have to give that a whirl.
I have a kinda support belt type thing that I would wear to help my belly stay balanced on runs. I haven’t worn it for awhile and just put it on, it did help a little but my little girl has attitude. She just punched at it the whole time it was on so I might have to do that in short bouts, I’m not sure if the kicks are her being uncomfy or she just likes to punch at things.
Post # 7
Just wanted to say – I hear ya! I get the WORST back pain sitting in the same position all day (which is impossible to avoid at work). I’m considering bringing in a balance ball because then at least I’d be moving more.
My mom suggested (as weird as it sounds) using tennis balls behind your back when sitting or under your buttcheek if you have pain there. It’s totally crazy but it works because it uses your body to push on the painful parts.
Post # 8
Prenatal massage has helped me immensely, it’s a big costly but my LMP really works my lower back. I’ve also used a support band under my clothes and I have a yoga ball at work that I sit on.
Post # 9
I’ve had luck with using heated pants on my back for short periods of time once or twice a day. I also agree that getting a wonderful (but yes costly) professional prenatal massage is amazingly relaxing and feels great on your back!
Post # 10
I’m another who doesn’t have experience with pregnancy-related back pain…but I was a gymnast and cheerleader during my formative years and through college which left me with chronic back pain.
I found the Miracle Ball a great relief. I’ve found them at Borders bookstore or Costco, and I see they are also available on amazon.com. They are two soft inflated balls just larger than tennis balls. There’s a great little booklet to walk you through breathing and relaxation “exercises”…using the term lightly since you pretty much lay on the floor, place a ball underneath a joint and let gravity, breathing, and relaxation take over. Ahhh, sweet relief 🙂
Post # 11
I second what @camrie: said.. try using a tennis ball. Have your husband rub it on your lower back and it really helps. Also, if there is a chiropractor that specializes in pregnancy in your area, i would definitely recommend checking him/her out. I’ve been seeing one near me and she completely got rid of my sciatic pain and my back has been feeling much better. Good luck! Hope you find some relief.
Post # 12
A tennis ball helped me, too. I kept one in the car and would just wedge it between me and the seat because I had specific areas that hurt. That pressure felt better. I also vote for prenatal massage. As a stomach sleeper, I swear I would have paid them just to let me lay down on the pregancy pillow thing (the one with the cut-out for my belly). So worth it! I hate to say it, but my back still hurts pretty regularly now that I lug around a 20-lb kid outside my belly.