Being pregnant is an exciting time. Your body changes in many ways to adapt to the new life that is growing within. Some of these changes are welcome and some of them leave you feeling tired and emotional. One of the less looked forward to changes are the postural ones - the ones that come as a result of a baby bump developing at the front.
The pressure on your postural muscles greatly increases as bub grows. The incidence of back pain in pregnancy is quite high, up to 70% of pregnant women are effected regardless of age. The main causes of back pain in pregnancy are a shift in your centre of gravity (the baby bump at the front), hormonal changes (you produce extra relaxin particularly in the later stages of pregnancy - this is to allow the ligaments and muscles especially of your pelvis to relax enough for you to be able to deliver the baby), an increase in body mass (all that extra fluid, placenta and bubs weighs a considerable amount) and of course any past history of back pain may be exaggerated by the above mentioned issues.
The lower back is the area from which we do most of our bending and twisting so it comes as no surprise that this is the area where most pregnant women feel discomfort or pain. What can you do? Maintaining a good level of physical activity, fitness and strength is likely to reduce the risk of back pain developing during pregnancy. It will also help you to better cope with the physical stresses of labour (they don't call it labour for nothing). Be careful with bending and lifting during pregnancy. Lift correctly by bending your knees, keeping your back straight and holding the object you're lifting close to your body. There are a variety of supports available which may help alleviate lower back and pelvic pain.
Massage can also help relieve many of the discomforts of pregnancy. It is also a wonderful way to relax. Massage loosens tight muscles and calms the nervous system. Massage helps relieve pain in the back, legs and feet the most common sites of discomfort in pregnancy. It can also help slow the progress of varicose veins by helping to remove the excess fluid that often accumulates in the lower legs during pregnancy.
Why Knot Massage specialises in pregnancy massage. We have a specially designed pregnancy mat with a belly hole in it; comfort plus for you and bubs. Massage is healthful and enjoyable during pregnancy. 'Why Knot' make an appointment today.