It’s common knowledge that being pregnant can be an uncomfortable experience, especially in the third trimester. I didn't expect to have so much back pain, though. I tried everything to get some relief, including physical therapy, massage, and a belly support band. To make matters worse, my upper back hurt too, due to my ever-growing boobs. There are so many things that no one will tell you about your back during pregnancy, except me. And you deserve to be prepared. Trust me.
First off, if you have pregnancy back pain you might feel better knowing that you aren't alone. Back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your changing hormones, changing body, and growing baby can literally be a pain in your butt, your entire spine, and in your upper back and shoulders. You might find some relief from pregnancy back pain by improving your posture, engaging in a few exercises to strengthen your core, and trading high heels for flats until your baby is born. Unfortunately, according to Parents.com, sleeping on your back is off limits during the last two trimesters of pregnancy. Mayo Clinic suggests side sleeping and using pregnancy pillows to support your back and belly in late pregnancy. If your back pain persists longer than two weeks, though, the Mayo Clinic suggests talking to your doctor to rule out a serious health condition and to recommend a treatment plan.
With any luck, you'll be feeling better in no time. And if not, at least you know your baby will be here in a few months and will take the pressure off your back (and shoulders). Until then, though, there's a few things you should know about growing human beings and how your back will feel during the process: