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Useful Tips for Relieving Back Pain During Pregnancy

While there is no doubt that pregnancy and motherhood are the happiest moments in a woman’s life, however, it comes with its own share of problems and challenges.

As the months add up, the baby grows bigger in the womb. This certainly puts pressure on the mother’s abdomen, and more importantly, the back. Hence it is quite common to come across thousands of women complaining about back pain. For quite a few of them it is irritating and for others, it can be quite debilitating. That’s why it’s important to find ways by which the problem can be overcome. The following are a few healthy tips and modes for pain relief which can assist in fighting back the back pain associated with pregnancy.


Yoga is a wonderful movement based exercise which has its roots in ancient India. It is now being used worldwide as one of the most popular techniques for pain relief. It is also referred to as prenatal yoga. It is perfectly suited for pains of muscles, backs, nerves and joints. It helps give a soothing relief for the pain which happens because of the weight of the pregnancy. It can also be quite useful in improving posture and could also help tone the physical body and make it ready for the process of birthing. Yoga is known to be helpful in overcoming the emotional stress attached with child birth and is also a good relaxant that can help you to sleep better.


If you are keen on getting the right information for fighting back pain during pregnancy you could try acupuncture. This is another ancient East Indian medical technique. It is about inserting fine needles into pressure points in specific areas of the body. This is relative to the various forms of emotional and physical health. It could play a big role in removing any blockages which could be interfering with the uninhibited flow of the body’s energy. The practitioner of acupuncture may also use fingers instead of needles and this can aid digestion and improve energy levels. It could be helpful in bringing down pains associated with pregnancy including back pain. However, it must be carefully administered by a professional acupuncturist because overdoing it could lead to headaches, nausea and overstimulation and possibly lead to premature labor.

Prenatal Massage

If you can retain the services of a certified prenatal massage therapist it could make a huge difference in treating the back pain associated with pregnancy. It could be helpful if the pain is acute and in treating pain associated with muscular clenching or pinching of the nerves, especially the sciatic nerves located in the buttocks and legs.

Chiropractic Care

It is common for many pregnant women to receive help from chiropractic specialists. Chiropractors are experts in cracking adjustments and are known to use a variety of other techniques as well. Through their joint manipulation and back exercises, chiropractors can help a lot in relieving muscular tightness and misalignment of the joints due to pregnancy.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are known to be experts when it comes to handling acute and serious bone, joint and other injuries. Therefore they help a lot in handling back pain related problems. A physical therapist offers quite a few options including workouts involving recumbent exercise bike. This can help a lot in bringing quite a bit of relief to those fighting back pain during pregnancy.

Apart from the above there are other ways and means by which you can fight back pain associated with pregnancy. These include meditation, swimming, and good sleep support, just to name a few.

You could also try wearing a maternity belt which is now becoming quite popular. However, the effectiveness of the same is still under question and there are differing opinions about it. You also should pay attention to the kind of beds you sleep in, the kind of footwear you use and so on. It would always be advisable to avoid wearing high heeled shoes during pregnancy since they can aggravate back pain quite severely.

Kelly Joyner is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, and muscle building that will help you get a good shape and stay healthy. You can connect with Kelly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellyregularit1

Stock photos purchased and provided by Kelly Joyner.

MFN Contributing Author