Pregnancy is a process of biology like no other. The body goes through so many chemical and stress related changes that the expectant mother has to be prepared for all sorts of contingencies. One of them is back pain.
A pregnant woman can put on the pounds. Lots of pounds. Sometimes as much as 50lbs or more. The weight can either be located mostly in the womb area of the abdomen, but also excess fat can be distributed to other parts of the body. Such weight gain causes stress on bones, joints, and the back. At some point during pregnancy, a woman can expect some back discomfort, some more than others.
To prevent this from occurring the mom to be has to plan ahead. Just laying around waiting for the blessed moment to occur will lead to a lifestyle of sedentary levels that can compromise far too many systems. She’ll lose muscle mas and bone density and more. The stress on the spine will gradually grow and it will get to the point where the simplest movement may cause problems leading to quite the uncomfortable situation.
First and foremost, talk to a doctor about an exercise regimen to keep fit during the pregnancy. Nothing too intensive. Walking is a great way to keep in shape as is swimming. Less impact and won’t disturb the developing baby too much. Stretching, yoga, all help in keeping tendons and ligaments and muscles in tune. The back will be thoroughly exercised and it will make everyday life a lot more liveable.
Nutrition is a huge key here. Never underestimate nutrition. Make sure the mom has a nutritious regimen prescribed by a professional. This will not only help the mother but the baby as well. It will keep the organs running right, bones and muscles strong, and provide the body with what it needs in a situation like this.
Rest is super important and how she rests is also as valuable. Getting enough quality rest allows the body to repair itself and in pregnancy, this is going for two, not just one. The bedding and furniture around should be able to support the body in a way that the back is not stressed. It’s a case by case basis and the mother should test to see what’s comfortable regarding their own height and weight. If she has a desk job, she might have to change her chair and desk furniture. There are ergo products out there for pregnancy and they may solve the problem from the start.
The at home mom can do her part with furniture around the home. Also the type of clothing and shoes. Flat shoes with good arch support will work superbly. High heels puts too much stress on he lower back. Rugs and flooring can help too. Perhaps a more plush rug to soften impact.
Daily work routines around the home and about should be done with the consideration of how much she has to reach and bend. Even if she’s tall or short, move commonly used items to a comfortable level. This will decrease the amount of bending and stretching that might cause awkward movements and put more strain on the back.
Most of all, look up a qualified chiropractic specialist. They usually cover all these items and can help prevent and remedy pregnancy back issues.
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