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Understanding and Relieving Pregnancy Back Pain

Everyone who has ever been pregnant knows all about pregnancy back pain. Not only are you dealing with all sorts of changes in your body but now your back hurts too! This is why we created a superior pregnancy support called the Motherload. We didn’t stop there however, our Motherload is also the most comfortable pregnancy band expecting mom’s can choose, and that’s a bid deal when everything has become uncomfortable.

This is not your typical belly band

The Motherload is made of lightweight and breathable materials and molded support panels in contrast to traditional elastic bands and wraps that offer very limited support and little to no comfort. Mom’s can expect immediate relief from their aches and pains when the Motherload is worn and continue baby planning with less pain and discomfort.

The Benefits To Pregnant Moms Include

  • Relief for your lower back and sciatic pain
  • Improved posture to carry more comfortably
  • Relieves pressure on the abdomen, hips, and pelvis
  • Improves circulation and reduces swelling

9 months is a long time…Grab your Motherload Maternity Support Band today and reduce your pregnancy back pain right now!

Some further Insight from Heather Jeffcoat, DPT at Women's Health Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, California:


 

The baby belly. It’s the most obvious way a woman’s body changes during pregnancy. But the transformation is so pronounced that it causes somewhat less visible—but still uncomfortable—physiological changes. Pregnancy-related back pain can be so severe that it interferes with one’s quality of life. To make matters worse, pregnancy-related back pain may extend into post-pregnancy period, and may interfere with healing during this time due to the inability to walk or do other forms of exercise, which are critical in the early recover period

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Get The Right Kind of Pregnancy Support:  The proper support for your lower back during pregnancy has a surprisingly important role in your post pregnancy healing!   That is why we recommend the Body After Baby MotherLoad™ pregnancy support,  It is more than the simple elastic binders on the market and provides the support needed to relieve pregnancy-related back pain.

Common causes of pregnancy back pain include:

Altered Posture: As the uterus expands, your belly pulls forward causing your body to have to make changes in order to maintain balance. This creates stress on the neck, shoulders, and middle back as well. For many women, the result is pain as the already strained muscles are forced to work even harder.

Disc Pressure: Increased weight (such as baby weight) creates a heavier load on the lumbar (lower) spine as well as the discs. When the pressure within the discs increases, the outcomes range from pregnancy-related back pain, and rarely, to excruciating herniated discs. 

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pressure: Sacroiliac is the anatomical name for the joint near the bottom of the back where the sacrum and pelvic come together. During pregnancy, the body releases the hormone Relaxin to allow the baby to pass more easily through the birth canal. Unfortunately, Relaxin also makes the ligaments that surround the SI joint more elastic, making it less stable. What’s more, pregnancy weight gain places additional pressure on the already weakened joint. This often triggers pregnancy-related back pain in the lower back, ranging from a dull ache to a sharp pain. It will differentiate itself from lumbar pain in that the pain is below the level of the lumbar spine and is oftentimes one-sided.

Shifted Center of Gravity: In later stages pregnancy, women can gain as much as one pound per week—and that wreaks havoc on the body’s center of gravity. The change alters a pregnant woman’s center of gravity thereby affecting her balance. This increases her risk of  injuring her muscles and ligaments.

Uterine Expansion: The abdominal muscles play a critical role in supporting the lower back and spine and thereby supporting one’s posture. As the belly grows, it stretches and creates weakness of the abdominal muscles. This creates increased strain on back muscles and ligaments and may lead to pain. 

How can expecting moms find support to relieve and prevent pregnancy back pain?

You don’t need to suffer with the back pain caused by pregnancy. Physical therapists have a range of solutions to help support the lower back and pelvis:

Back Pain Relief Exercises: Your medical professional or physical therapist will be able to recommend exercises that help support the lower back by taking pressure off of the pelvis and abdomen, such as the pelvic tilt or stretches that target short, tight muscles.  Pregnancy massages may also provide relief. Always speak with your doctor, midwife, or physical therapist before undertaking any exercise during pregnancy.

 

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