One of the most common side affects of pregnancy for women across the country is back pain.
It’s no wonder back pain is such a common complaint, as the body is gaining more weight, your centre of gravity is lowered and your ligaments are starting to relax to prepare your body for labour.
Did you know… Gentle exercise to strengthen the core abdominal muscles can help to take some of the strain off your back and prevent acute localised pain in your lower back.
Most women often find back pain most intense when they’ve been in the same position for along time as the muscles start to become stiff. Always make sure to change your position regularly and use the appropriate support, such as a cushion when sitting or sleeping, and a lumbar role when exercising.
Remember… Posture can also be key to managing lower back pain. When you’re moving around make sure to bend from the knees and keep your back straight. Don’t forget to move your feet when turning as this can help prevent excess twisting on the spine!
Keep thes principles of good posture in mind to help relieve any stress on your spine: stand up straight and tall, hold your chest high, keep your shoulders and back relaxed and use a comfortably wide stance tokeep your upper body fully supported.
Did you know… Exercising in water, such as attending aquanatal sessions, can be an effective way of exercising the muscles without out causing any damage. This is due to the fact the buoyancy of the water can help provide you with the extra support your body will need!
Remember… Although back pain is common during pregnancy, it is important to make sure you’re getting the right exercise. Attending a class or speaking to a GP is a useful way to know you’re taking care of your body in the best way possible.
Try some gentle yoga exercises or going for a walk as a way to incorporate some exercise into your day and keeping your muscles active.