You may have imagined that when you get pregnant, your life would be filled with butterflies and roses because all those pregnant celebrities sure make it look that way. But underneath all the contouring, designer maternity wear, and dark sunglasses, even the biggest superstars are suffering from the aches and pains of pregnancy. One of the most common ailments, as harmless as it may seem, is pregnancy back pain. Many women may tell you about how wonderful their experience was, but there are things no one tells you about your back during pregnancy, and you need to be prepared.
Just like the changes in the rest of your body, your back is also facing its own pregnancy changes. The most notable back changes develop into back pain, and if you have been suffering from it, you're not alone. In an interview with Romper, Dr. Adrienne Zertuche, OB-GYN at Atlanta Women's Healthcare Specialists, says that lower back pain is a common problem among pregnant women, with some studies reporting its prevalence in more than 60 percent of pregnancies. She says that because back pain can be caused by a number of reasons, if you suffer from back pain, it’s important for you to monitor your symptoms and report any concerns to your obstetrician.
Your back has a hard job and that job gets tougher with pregnancy. Your growing belly and weight can put a lot of stress on your back muscles and nerves. Luckily, when your baby arrives, your back won’t have to work as hard, easing up on any discomfort. In the meantime, here are a few things that can happen to your back during pregnancy.