Oh, Baby. My Achin’ Back: Back Pain and Pregnancy

Congratulations! You’re having a baby! While you’re very excited to meet your bundle of joy, you’re also likely experiencing a lot of new things as your body changes and adapts to the baby growing. One such change is the added back pain you may be experiencing. But what can you do? Many pain relievers are not recommended for pregnant women. But you do have other options.

Back Pain During Pregnancy

If you are experiencing back pain during your pregnancy, especially as you enter the second and third trimester, know you are not alone. In fact, 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy.

There are many reasons you may be experiencing back pain during your pregnancy. The most common are:

  • Hormones – A specific hormone released during pregnancy called relaxin causes ligaments in the pelvic area to soften and joints to become looser as the body prepares for labor. The change in your ligaments and joints can also affect the support your back normally experiences.
  • Posture Changes – Did you know that when you are pregnant, your center of gravity shifts? The weight of your growing baby accentuates the curvature of the spine causing the way you sit, stand and hold yourself up to change.
  • Additional Weight –  During a healthy pregnancy, a woman may gain between 25 and 35 pounds. That additional weight can cause stress on your body and cause increased pressure on blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back.
  • Stress – Pregnancy is not easy. Because of the emotional and physical changes you may experience, you may feel stressed about all of these new things happening to your body. The body and mind work in very interesting ways–with sometimes stress manifesting as pain.

While these pain triggers make sense, you still may feel desperate for relief that is safe for you and for the baby.

What Can I Do To Stop or Minimize My Pregnancy Back Pain?

While you can’t completely stop back pain from occurring, there are certain things you can do to minimize the pain you may feel. The American Pregnancy Association suggests you:

  • Exercise with your physician’s approval
  • Avoid bending over, instead squat to pick things up
  • Wear shoes with adequate support
  • Don’t sleep on your back
  • Wear a support belt under your abdomen
  • Rest
  • Find out if you can get a chiropractic adjustment

If you already have pain, you can also use ice packs or apply small amounts of heat to your back and use supportive devices.

But what if it isn’t working?

Back pain during your pregnancy can be difficult to remedy. But with the far infrared technology of the Gladiator Therapeutics device, that painful inflammation you are experiencing in your back as the baby grows can be lessened or eliminated with daily, simple usage.

The Gladiator Therapeutics Far Infrared Device uses far infrared technology and far infrared therapy to improve blood circulation and safely reduce inflammation and pain. By improving the body’s circulation, the Gladiator Device provides relief from symptoms associated with chronic muscle and nerve pain.

Want to give it a try?

Contact our team today to see if the Gladiator Device will work for you.

NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.