Oh the joys of pregnancy. Let’s get real here, while there are many, wonderful things that go on during these 9 glorious months there are several things that I could easily do without. But today, I want to focus on my biggest offender. Back pain.
Yes, this little beast
is was like a thorn in my side until I started doing three major things. First, though, let’s start with what didn’t help. These things felt good, but didn’t solve the problem.
- Prenatal massages– while they felt amazing (at the time) they didn’t do anything to alleviate the pain.
- Icy/Hot– once again, it felt nice but the pain didn’t go away. It merely masked it.
- Tylenol– while I know it’s OK to take this during pregnancy I try to take it as seldom as possible so I knew that popping these once the pain hit wasn’t going to be my solution.
- Heating pad– great for a quick fix. Feels nice, but once again, pain is still there.
Ok, so what did help? Here we go….
- Chiropractor– I’ve always been skeptical of them but when I literally felt as though I had been caned, my midwife suggested either seeing a chiropractor or a physical therapist. I figured I’d start with the chiro and see how things would go. I can honestly say that I feel like a new person. My back is no longer sore/tight/feeling like I’ve been beaten and whatever adjustments he makes (to my back) leave me feeling sooooo good. I can now do all of my workouts (walking/yoga/aerobics classes) without fearing that my back will be in awful pain once I’m done. Another added benefit (according to my midwife) is that babies like coming out of a “straight canal” rather than a “crooked one” (it only makes sense) and that’s what the chiropractor does- makes sure my back is in alignment. If you live in the Erie area, Dr. Rick Hulse (who also works on the Erie Otters) is fantastic and I would recommend him to anyone.
- The Ultimate Maternity Support Belt– Ok, so I know I look dorky with it on, especially if I wear it on top of my shirt (when I go out I wear it underneath my shirt with a camisole) but this thing is heavenly. This is great for pregnant women who are carrying low as it supports your belly and keeps your back straight and posture correct. I swear by this thing as it has definitely helped to relieve back pain. Heck, I may even wear it once the baby has arrived, it feels so good.
- Yoga– I’ve always incorporated yoga into my (pre-preggo) weekly workout routines but now that I’m pregnant I find myself going to more and more classes. I love the feeling I get not only after but during my yoga class. Mentally, I’m more relaxed (I love me a good shavasana pose), physically, I’m building a stronger core and the stretching… well, it’s hands down the best feeling.
I wouldn’t wish this discomfort on anyone, but you are faced with back pain, I hope some of these tips will help alleviate your back aches. As always, if there’s anything else that you did that I didn’t mention, please share as I’m always looking for new things to try!