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Attacked by Lower Back Pain during Pregnancy?

Low back pain during pregnancy can be a major issue.Many women suffer from Lower back pain during pregnancy, but this is common, and a harmless sign of changes within your body.

Lower back pain during pregnancy is generally nothing to worry about. Of course, you shouldn’t just disregard it. Lower back pain during pregnancy in some cases can be the telltale signs of serious abdominal problems, including miscarriage. So remember to keep calm and read through the article and try to determine if your condition is perfectly normal or not.

Lower back pain is a common pregnancy discomfort, and most expectant mothers experience it. While it may be a sign of a serious medical problem, it could also be a harmless adaptation of the changes your body is doing. Still, if you feel discomfort, please remember to seek advice from a healthcare professional such as your obstetrician. Professional opinion is still far better than seeking medications yourself.

Harmless causes for lower back pain during pregnancy

Even in normal back pain conditions (outside child bearing), most back pains are benign though sufferers are alarmed at frequency and the intensity of the attacks. So it’s not surprising at the alarm rate of expectant mothers experiencing lower back pain during pregnancy. Below are some common symptoms associated with back pain when pregnant.

Constipation, Flatulence and Bloating

If your back pain is accompanied by any of these embarrassing conditions, this is perfectly normal. As your uterus grows, the action tends to create pressure on the surrounding organs, pushing them aside. This effect makes your digestion process slow. Therefore, if digested food is slower to pass through the gut, the bacteria that reside on your intestine will feast on this matter and the resulting chemical reaction will produce gas. Normally, people swallow air every time. They expend it by burping or if trapped rather miserably, the air is pushed towards the colon where the air awaits eventual release as flatus. However, during pregnancy your body will release progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscles including the gastrointestinal tract. In turn, this hormone also slows down your digestive system. All in all, gases do form during pregnancy (quite a lot sometimes!), so if these conditions bother you, be assured that at least it is perfectly normal, no matter how embarrassing it may seem at the time.

Round Ligament Pain

These muscle groups hold your uterus to your pelvis. As your uterus grows to accommodate the baby so does the round ligament. They thicken and stretch to support the uterus. These changes can cause pain though the intensity varies between different expectant mothers. While some may experience it as a dull tickling and continuous sensation, in general it is a brief sharp pain when you do sudden movement or if engaged in an activity. This pain shouldn’t last long, at most a few seconds to a full minute. The best thing to do is prevent sudden movement, as this can ‘jolt’ the ligament which causes round ligament pain.

Remember, many factors causes lower back pains, pregnant or not. So do consider other areas such as hernia and appendicitis. If you have an especially nasty lower back pain during pregnancy, especially if accompanied by bleeding, spotting, fever, chills or others, call for professional help immediately.