Symptoms and Remedies for Back Pain After Pregnancy

By Kieth | December 20, 2011
Back Pain After Pregnancy

A sizable number of women suffer from lower back pain after pregnancy and childbirth. Many of them would have also experienced the back pain during pregnancy. The main reason for this is the many physical changes that occur in the mother’s body accompanied by a change in hormone levels. The uterus stretches and weakens the abdominal muscles, thereby increasing the strain on the back. Hormonal changes loosen the joints and ligaments in the pelvic region which can cause inflammation and joint misalignment, leading to lower back pain.

Some women who have received an epidural will complain of soreness and pain in their backs after birth, but this usually recedes within a few days of birth. Studies have shown that epidurals do not contribute significantly to long term back pain after birth. The physical effort and strain of labor and birth may also be a factor in lower back pain after birth. Forceps deliveries may bruise the tailbone which will cause strong shooting pain in the region of the tailbone. In rare cases the tailbone may also fracture but this tends to heal on its own. This can lead to severe back pain after pregnancy.

Upper back pain after pregnancy and pain around the chest can be caused by the baby pushing against the ribs causing the ribs to flare. However, constant and severe pain in the back and the chest and ribs can be a cause for concern, and you should contact your physician immediately.
Postpartum back pain usually resolves within a few months as the body slowly returns to its normal shape. If the pain is severe and persists for too long (over six months), you should visit a chiropractor or a back specialist.

The best treatment for back pain after pregnancy is exercise. Start with exercise to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles, but only after your physician has given you the green signal. Make sure the exercises start gently and avoid overstretching and other extreme postures. Join a yoga class for new mothers.

Pay proper attention to your posture. Stand upright with a straight back. Sit up straight and do not slouch. A cushion placed behind your lower back will help too. Avoid bending down with your legs straight. Instead squat down on bent knees to pick your baby or other objects. Position yourself right while nursing and try not to lean forward. Instead bring the baby to your breast. If you have pain in your upper back try lying on your side. If the pain doesn’t subside within a few months or gets too severe, then contact your physician.

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