Post # 1
I’m only 11 weeks, yet my back is killing me 24/7. The only relief I can find is sitting in the shower with the water beating down on my back. It seemed to have started when I read about preventing back labor by sitting perfectly straight all the time (no slouching!) But it feels like my back is on fire! Could it just be my body transitioning from slouching to sitting up straight? Or is this a pregnancy symptom that I cannot escape from…
Post # 3
I think it is because your center of gravity is changing, which throws off how you carry yourself. Right now, my tailbone is KILLING me, and I’ve had the back pain for awhile too. I find that massages from my husband work nicely. 🙂
Post # 4
@firsttimemom: from experience, I can say back pain is the worse pain EVER. And it isn’t always just from being pregnant.
First off, YES, back pain is often related to labor pains or can be a sign of miscarriage, it’s part of why I was labeled “high risk” with my son. Which I didn’t find out until AFTER he was born and doing my own research. So, yes, DO tell your dr. and talk to them about it.
HOWEVER, my pain was caused from a joint being out of place during the pregnancy. My current back/shoulder pain is due to my owl’s neck-like spine. For that, I see a chiropractor. You might want to check with your ob-gyn OR your family dr/general practitioner about a recommended chiropractor in your area. The chiropractor will be able to tell you if it’s safe or not, as well as your ob-gyn/family dr.
Personally, if I have any problems during my next pregnancy with back/shoulder pain, I’ll be visiting mine, since he is an amazing dr. Of course, I’ve been to him for a previous problem and taken my daughter to him, also. So I have previous experience with mine.
You should NOT be having this much pain, even if you are just now starting to sit correctly. I would definitely suggest talking to your dr and/or seeing a chiropractor about it. Just to be on the safe side.
Post # 5
I’ve been having lower back pain as well – massages help, but I find a heating pad/hot water bottle helps the most.
My doctor told me this is a common complaint of pregnant women, and that I shouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 6
I have found that stretching and simple exercises have helped but start slow!
Post # 7
I reccommend getting those bean bag heating pads you can get to warm up in the microwave and put it on your lower back. It definitely helps.
Post # 8
Prenatal yoga helped me as well. Amazon has a lot of good DVDs…
Post # 9
@chicagowife: I’ve continued my normal yoga routine every morning and have tried adapting to the poses so they’re better for my back. Maybe in doing that I’m actually making it worse?