Kudos to mothers! Whether you are expecting or have just delivered, you have been through carrying this lovely bump all day long. It’s just extra weight training everyday!
Where Does the Extra Weight Go During Pregnancy? At term,
Baby: 8 pounds
Placenta: 2-3 pounds
Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
Blood supply: 4 pounds
Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
Total: 25-35 pounds
Why backache in pregnancy?
Therefore, it’s not surprising for mothers or mothers to be to suffer from lower back ache. For me, I also have to carry baby Bing on and off because he just wants mommy. That’s another 24 pounds. All these also add onto this dreading draggy feeling around my pelvic area. The softening of the ligaments in preparation for delivery doesn’t help with the upright posture either.
Red flags in backache
Backache is so common in pregnancy. However the following signs may indicate more sinister causes of back pain and warrant immediate medical attention. If you
-are in your second or third trimester – this could be a sign of early labour
-also have a fever, bleeding from your vagina or pain when you pee
-lose feeling in one or both of your legs, your bum, or your genitals
-have pain in one or more of your sides (under your ribs)
Tips to relieve backache
These are some great advice from NHS about ways to keep these pains away
-bend your knees and keep your back straight when you lift or pick something up from the floor
-avoid lifting heavy objects
-move your feet when you turn to avoid twisting your spine
-wear flat shoes to evenly distribute your weight
-try to balance the weight between 2 bags when carrying shopping
-keep your back straight and well supported when sitting at work and at home – look for maternity support pillows
-get enough rest, particularly later in pregnancy
-a massage or warm bath may help
-use a mattress that supports you properly – you can put a piece of hardboard under a soft mattress to make it firmer, if necessary
-go to a group or individual back care class
-maternity support belt
Mamaway Ergonomic Maternity Support Belt helps to redistribute the weight and pressure, as well as correct bad posture. It works via lifting the growing bumping without adverse effects to the pregnancy.
It’s worn underneath the clothes discreetly but in my demonstrative photo I wore it over my dress. Basically it’s just strapping the lowest part of the belly and pulling the belt slightly tight to create the lifting effect. Even then the instant relief I felt was very satisfactory. I wore it to work. It’s so comfortable that I even forgot that the belt was there after standing the whole morning during ward rounds.
It’s very easy to put on. Just follow the instructions and the back of the packaging. Simply love how elastic the belt is. The material is also soft, breathable, gentle to the skin. Moreover, it contains papolis which is Wahoo fish oil fibers which helps hydrate the sensitive, sometimes itchy bump. It remains in good condition wash after wash. I also love how the Velcro bits can be hidden so that it doesn’t catch onto other items in the drawer.
I hope this article has shed some light about managing backpain in pregnancy. Do always consult your health professionals before trying any products or medications.
Source: Malaysia Blogger