Baby Got Back: Natural Treatment For Back Pain During Pregnancy


Once your first trimester ends, it may feel like the worst part of pregnancy is over. Morning sickness lightens up, your hormones begin to balance out, and so on. Unfortunately, your back may begin aching during your late second trimester and third trimester. As your baby continues to thrive, pressure on your lower back increases. Like many pregnant mamas, you may want to avoid medication and chemical treatments for this discomfort. The good news is that you can treat your prenatal back pain using numerous natural methods.

Hot Mama: Heat Therapy For Back Pain

  • Apply a warm compress to your lower back. Use a warm water bottle or toss a towel into the dryer. Lay with your warm compress beneath your back to help soothe the pain. If you use an electric heating pad, make sure to turn it off before going to sleep.

  • Take a warm bath, but avoid making the water too hot. A warm bubble bath can be very soothing for your back pain, and it may help with your overall stress and tension. However, you should avoid hot tubs or overly hot baths unless your OBGYN tells you otherwise. Raising your body temperature too high can increase the risk of pregnancy complications.

  • Do not use menthol or camphor based pain relief products without consulting your OBGYN. Topical warming ointments typically contain menthol or camphor; the ingredients are absorbed into the skin to relieve pain. Talk to your doctor to see if it is acceptable and safe to use these products.

Exploring Accessories: Maternity Items For Back Pain

  • Wear a 'belly band' or maternity belt to take pressure off of your back. Maternity bands are thick fabric belts with Velcro closures; they support your ever-growing baby bump. This can take some of the pressure off of your back.

  • Sleep with a body pillow to help align your spine. As your body continues changing, you may notice that back pain prevents you from getting a good night's rest. Tuck a body pillow between your knees to help align your spine. You can also tuck it beneath your abdominal area for extra support.

Consult With Your OBGYN If Pain Persists

These all-natural methods may help you find some relief throughout the course of your pregnancy. However, it is important to speak to your doctor about persistent or debilitating pain. You can ask your OBGYN about additional natural methods, medication, and other forms of treatment. He or she will provide you with advice catered specifically to your pregnancy.  

For more information, contact Anchorage OB or a similar organization.


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