The Number 1 Reason you have Lower Back Pain in Early Pregnancy
Morning sickness, frequent trips to the bathroom, and fatigue can all be part of the early stages of pregnancy, but lower back pain doesn’t just affect heavily pregnant women, does it?
So what exactly do we mean by “lower back pain”?
Pain in pregnancy affects two main areas: the pelvic area and the lower back, which is known as Pelvic Girdle Pain or PGP. Lower back pain in pregnancy is similar to lower back pain in non-pregnant women.
How common is lower back pain in pregnancy?
According to experts, if you have back pain, there isn’t necessarily anything ‘wrong’ with you.
What are the risk factors for lower back pain in pregnancy?
Pregnant women under the age of 20 are more likely to experience lower back pain, as are people who are less active. The more pregnancies you have, the more likely you are to experience pain during them, with the risk increasing from 50% in your first pregnancy to 85% in any subsequent ones.
Why you can suffer from lower back pain when you’re only a few weeks pregnant:
The uterus is contained within the bones of the pelvis when you’re not pregnant, but it will begin to expand in size after implantation, causing displacement of the structures that surround the uterus, which can cause extra trips to the bathroom and lower back pain.
But how does this pressure cause lower back pain?
This is due to the increased pressure on the intestine (bowel) and bladder. Here’s one of our favorite videos that explains it all to a new mother-to-be.
So what can you do about it?
If you’re less than 20 weeks pregnant, lying on your back is generally safe (though you should consult your GP/Midwife/Obstetrician if you have any concerns). Water aerobics is another strategy that has been shown to be beneficial in pregnant women.
But what if exercise doesn’t help?
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How early does back pain start in pregnancy?
Lower back pain usually starts between the fifth and seventh months of pregnancy, though it can start as early as eight to twelve weeks in some cases. Women who have pre-existing lower back problems are more likely to experience back pain, and it can start earlier in their pregnancy.
Can backache be a sign of early pregnancy?
Back pain: While low back pain is commonly associated with late pregnancy, it can actually begin in the first trimester and last throughout the pregnancy. Mood swings: Mood swings are relatively common during the first trimester of pregnancy due to changing hormone levels.
Where does your back hurt in early pregnancy?
Aches, stiffness, and soreness in the upper or lower back and hips, which can sometimes extend into the legs and buttocks, are common symptoms of back pain during pregnancy.
Is lower back pain normal in early pregnancy?
Back pain is a common, if unpleasant, part of pregnancy for most women, and it’s often linked to an increase in hormones and stress in the first trimester. If you’ve had back pain before becoming pregnant, or if you’re overweight, you may be at a higher risk of back pain during your pregnancy.
Does your back hurt at 3 weeks pregnant?
It’s not just your back that aches during early pregnancy; hormone changes can cause aches in your hips, legs, and even arms.
What are some unusual signs of early pregnancy?
No One Tells You About Weird Early Pregnancy Symptoms
- Headaches, cramping, and a strong desire to pee.
- False periods.
- Colds and flu.
How does your tummy feel in early pregnancy?
Tummy tingles, pinching, and pulling During the early stages of pregnancy, some women experience feelings inside their stomachs that mimic the sensation of their muscles being pulled and stretched; these tingles, sometimes referred to as “abdominal twinges,” are nothing to be concerned about.
How soon do pregnancy symptoms start?
Pregnancy takes about 2 to 3 weeks after sex, and some women notice symptoms as soon as a week after conception u2014 when a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall u2014 while others don’t notice symptoms until several months into their pregnancy.
Is back pain sign of miscarriage?
Back pain can occur in both early and late miscarriage; it is possible to have back pain during pregnancy without it being linked to a miscarriage because it is a common side effect of carrying a growing fetus in the womb; however, intense lower back pain is a common feature of late miscarriage.
What helps lower back pain in early pregnancy?
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- Get the right gear. Wear low-heeled u2014 not flat u2014 shoes with good arch support.
- Lift properly.
- Sleep on your side.
- Try heat, cold, or massage.
- Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
- Consider complementary therapies.