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Back Pain And Pregnancy

Back Pain And Pregnancy
Back Pain And Pregnancy

Planning For Pregnancy

When planning for pregnancy one could take a similar approach to someone awaiting knee surgery and advised by their surgeon to strengthen their thigh as much as possible to aid their recovery post operatively. Getting yourself in the best possible physical condition prior to having a baby could be of benefit to you in many ways during the pregnancy. Not only during pregnancy but after birth it will probably aid in a much faster recovery in getting back to your pre-baby level.
When planning on falling pregnant it would be sensible to put some consideration into your health and think about some preventative back pain management such as:
• Strengthening your spine.
• Improving any areas of inflexibility or postural abnormalities
Losing weight.
Working on the above before trying to fall pregnant may well reduce any back pain during pregnancy. Seeing your local physiotherapist and having them assess you and your spine is a good way to highlight risk factors and create a program of things to work on.

High Heels And Pregnancy

Obviously high heeled shoes get a bit of stick from the medical fraternity, and during the second and third trimester I would generally suggest not to wear high heels. As your centre of gravity starts to shift with the increasing baby weight and wearing high heels would further accentuate this shift and exaggerate the arch in your lower back adding further stain. This may well increase the likelihood of back pain in your already struggling spine.

Pregnancy And Bra Fitting

Wearing a supportive and correctly fitted bra during pregnancy is very important, obviously with pregnancy your breast size changes and the right bra will help reduce strain on your upper back, neck and shoulders. A fitted bra will help keep your shoulders back and stop your chin from poking forwards which can be responsible for causing upper back pain and neck pain. Try visiting “More Than A Handful” specialists in bras and maternity fittings on Druitt St in Sydney CBD if you wanted to be fitted for the right maternity bra.
Money spent on a pair of supportive shoes and correctly fitted bras is money well spent and may help reduce back and neck pain and actually end up saving you money in the long run with reduced need for spending on massages or trips to see your physiotherapist because of back pain.

Pregnancy And Back Pain Braces

There are a number of different braces on the market from ones designed to help support a growing tummy, pelvic stability belts that hold tight around the pelvis to stabilize the sacroiliac joints or back braces that support a sore back. Your midwife or Doctor are likely advise on which brace may be the most appropriate for your specific situation otherwise your local physiotherapist can always help point you in the right direction.

Although many things during pregnancy are beyond your control, certain things you can influence. It’s unlikely you will be able to avoid experiencing any back pain at all throughout your pregnancy, however some back pain may be avoidable. With the right exercises, positional changes, postural adjustments as well as the using of any indicated supportive braces, footwear or bras you may be able to avoid significant back pain. As they say a pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Specialist clinics such as Women in Focus Physiotherapy practice in Bondi Junction are a great starting point for women suffering pregnancy specific back pain. However if you can’t make it to a specialist physiotherapy clinic for women then your local physiotherapist is always a great option to help you manage or prevent back pain during pregnancy.

Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products mentioned. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on Back Pain And Pregnancy should consult his or her midwife, obstetrician, general practitioner, physiotherapist or otherwise appropriately skilled practitioner.

Hayden Latimer is the founder of and principle physiotherapist at Sydney Physio Clinic. Since graduating from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand he’s gained wide experience practicing across the globe for over 15 years and is now extremely knowledgeable in helping people reduce discomfort and restore function and mobility.


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