Even if you've never given birth, you've probably heard that the whole experience is pretty painful. In fact, knowing that women have to go through such excruciating pain to help bring life into the world makes me wonder why Mother's Day is only once a year. But you may not know that some women experience extreme lower back pain during labor (I hope I didn't scare you.). If you're worried that your labor will be more of a pain in your back than a pain in the butt, you need to know the signs and symptoms of back labor.
The American Pregnancy Association (APA) defines back labor as the extreme pain in the lower back that many women experience during the labor process. The pain generally reaches it's peak during contractions, but it can also occur between contractions. According to What to Expect, back labor happens to nearly 25 percent of women.
As the APA further explained, you won't know if you'll experience back labor until you're in the thick of it, but there are things you can do to help ease the pain. A warm bath, strong counter-pressure, and a heated rice sock are just a few effective pain management techniques.
Being able to effectively manage the pain of back labor will help ensure a safe and healthy delivery — and should guarantee you get an extra Mother's Day gift out of the deal.