nataliaderiabina/Fotolia

9 Things No One Tells You About Your Back During Pregnancy, But I Will

By
Share
Ad failed to load

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. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), back pain is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. 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. According to Mayo Clinic, 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:

Ad failed to load

It Will Probably Hurt

Giphy

If you experience pregnancy back pain, you should know that you're not alone. According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), back pain is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, affecting between 50-70 percent of pregnant women. It's not that surprising, either. Pregnancy causes your uterus to grow and expand, puts pressure on your nerves and spine, and causes weight gain, primarily on the front of your body. At the same time pregnancy hormones loosen your joints, which can make your spine feel (and actually be) less stable.

It Might Get Worse

Giphy

As your belly expands, your back pain might get worse. According to BabyCenter, while you might have back pain in early pregnancy, for most pregnant people it starts during the second trimester, gets worse during late pregnancy, and might even continue for a few months after your baby is born. Yikes.

Your Posture Might Change

Giphy

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), pregnancy hormones, extra weight in your belly and breasts, and your growing body can actually change your posture, shift your center of gravity, and make your body hunch forward. The end result of all that shifting and changing? Pain. So. Much. Pain.

Ad failed to load

You Can't Sleep On It

While many people sleep on their backs to ease back pain, according to Mayo Clinic this is not a good idea during pregnancy. Instead, the clinic suggests sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs, under your growing belly, and/or behind your back.

Your Boobs Might Weigh You Down

Giphy

Athletico Physical Therapy suggests that if your pregnancy back pain is located in your mid- or upper-back, a poor-fitting bra might be the culprit. According to BabyCenter, pregnancy is definitely time to invest in a new bra so you can stay comfortable as your breasts and rib cage grow and get heavier, which can put strain on your back.

Back Pain Might Be A Sign Of Stress

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), your lower back pain might be caused by stress. Because people typically feel the impact of stress in the weaker parts of their body, as stress increases during your pregnancy your back pain might increase, too.

Ad failed to load

There Are Things You Might Try For Relief

expertvillage on YouTube

If your back pain is caused by the extra weight of your growing baby pressing against your pelvis or nerves, BabyCenter suggests trying a maternity support band to take the weight off. Literally.

According to the Mayo Clinic, getting daily exercise might help to strengthen your core. Gentle stretches for your lower back can also, potentially, relieve pain. According to certified yoga teacher April Kirkhart, M.S.W., the cat/cow flow is great for your spine, hips, and shoulders during pregnancy. To start, kneel on your hands and knees with your hands shoulder-distance apart, your knees hip-distance apart, and your back straight. For cow pose, inhale and let your belly drop, arching your back but keeping your shoulders rolled down and back with your gaze forward. For cat pose, as you exhale, round your back to the sky, then tuck your chin to your chest and your tail bone slightly. Repeat following your own breath, as many times as you like.

You Might Need Professional Help

According to Mayo Clinic, while back pain can be a normal part of pregnancy and you may be able to treat it at home with exercise, ice, heat, or a support band, if you still have pain after two weeks, it's time to consult a health care professional for advice, a referral for physical therapy, or to rule out a health condition — like a urinary tract infection — that may manifest as back pain.

You Might Actually Be Labor

Giphy

According to BabyCenter, if your back pain is accompanied by vaginal bleeding or comes on suddenly, and you are in your second or third trimester, you should contact your OB or midwife immediately. Back pain in late pregnancy might actually be a sign of preterm labor, which requires medical attention.

Check out Romper's new video series, Bearing The Motherlode, where disagreeing parents from different sides of an issue sit down with a mediator and talk about how to support (and not judge) each other’s parenting perspectives. New episodes air Mondays on Facebook.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack