Back pain post delivery
Women who had back pain before or during pregnancy are more likely to have persistent back pain after pregnancy, particularly if their pain was severe or began relatively early in pregnancy. Being overweight increases the risk too.
During pregnancy, your expanding uterus stretches and weakens your abdominal muscles and alters your posture, putting strain on your back. Plus, extra weight means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints.
What’s more, hormonal changes in pregnancy can loosen the joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine, which can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.
You can –
- Begin a gradual exercise program
- Be aware of positioning and proper body mechanics
- Try relaxation techniques like warm bath, hot pack, massages etc
By the way, don’t forget to pay attention to your diet. Good nutrition will help your body heal faster, and a healthy diet – combined with exercise – is the ticket to losing any extra pounds that may be causing additional stress on your joints and back.