How To Reduce Back Pain During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant and are starting to suffer from back pain, then you should read what experts have to say. These tips will help you have a smooth and comfortable pregnancy.
Dr. Teena Thomas, MBBS, MRCOG, PGDFM, Sr. Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology, Apollo Cradle, Brookefield, Bangalore.
While upper back pain may occur at any time during the pregnancy, it is most common during the third trimester. The reasons for upper back pain include the following: 
  • A woman gains about 25-30% of her body weight in a short period of time. This places stress on the back muscles, resulting in back pain. 

  • With the progress of a healthy pregnancy, the growing size of the baby causes a shift in the centre of gravity of the uterus, shifting it in the forward direction. In order to counter the same, the back muscles have to engage harder, thus putting stress on the muscles in the upper back, leading to upper back pain. 

  • The enlargement of the breast tissue in preparation for delivery increases the strain on the upper back. 

Some of the best practices that an expecting mother should follow in order to counter, reduce and ultimately eliminate upper back pain include the following:


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