Carrying a bundle of joy in your womb is an exhilarating process, but it is one that comes with a lot of physical challenges. The body undergoes hormonal changes to accommodate the unborn child and make sure that it is sustained until birth. What's more, the extra weight of the baby causes stress to muscles and joints, and this may cause you to experience lower back pain as the pregnancy progresses. Women in the second and third trimester are the greatest sufferers of back pain, since this is the time that the child is approaching full development. Luckily, you don't have to endure this pain and discomfort. You can take the following measures to reduce the pain and enjoy your pregnancy.
Use approved exercises
Working out is one of the best natural ways of alleviating lower back pain. However, not all exercises are suitable for pregnant women. For example, you may not be able to run or do high-intensity cardio workouts due to the weight of the baby plus the risk of injury. Talk to your doctor about the safest exercises that will strengthen your back muscles while you are pregnant. You can walk, swim, or do mild yoga and stretches to reduce lower back pain. Just make sure that whatever you try doesn't put stress on your abdomen.
Wear the right shoes
If you are used to wearing high heels or very low flats, it may be time to stop. With the weight of the baby causing tension on your lower back muscles, the last thing you need is shoes that cause more stress. High heels case stress to the leg and thigh muscles, and this pain can worsen the condition of your back. On the other hand, flat shoes such as ballet flats with no heel do not offer support to the heel, and they can cause tension as well. Wear comfortable shoes with a quality sole that offers adequate support to the legs. After a long walk, soak your feet in warm water or have someone massage them.
Sleep in the right posture
Sleeping, especially in the third trimester, is a nightmare. You can't seem to find the best position for you and your unborn baby. What's worse, the wrong position, such as sleeping on your back, will only cause severe back pain. To avoid this, sleep on your left side and use a pillow in between your legs. This aligns the spine and prevents tension. Also, if you don't have a good mattress, this may be the time to switch to a quality, orthopedic one.
Finally, consider visiting a chiropractor regularly for adjustments, as this can provide long-term relief from back pain throughout the pregnancy period.