January 05, 2017

Dealing with Lower Back Pain

Dealing with Lower Back Pain
I don't remember having it when I was pregnant with Adalyn but with this pregnancy, I have had a lot of lower back pain. I'm not sure of the exact cause but I would say that it is most related to bending over and picking up after Adalyn 10000 times per day and lifting Adalyn often. Or it may just be a side effect of pregnancy.

I notice that my lower back pain sets in the most after doing a bunch of chores. Putting the dishes away, picking up zillions of toys off the ground, putting away laundry, etc. seem to make it worse. What makes me kind of nervous is that I am only finishing my first trimester so I know that more back pain is to come.

Is has been better off and on the last few weeks. Since the weather has cooled down, I am sleeping better and doing less tossing and turning during the night which seems to help as well- not sleeping seems to mean being more sore for me.

24 Weeks

When I have lower back pack, I do a few things to help myself feel better:

1. Take it easy

This one is pretty obvious. When my back starts to hurt, I often take a break and lay down. If I keep doing chores like crazy, it will only get worse. A really important part of pregnancy is listening to your body which I am doing this pregnancy more than ever.

2. Ask for a massage

My husband is great at giving a little massage. I needed this often in my shoulders especially when I was running a lot and just 2 minutes would make a big difference. I'm not a fan of getting a professional massage from another person so I do not do that.

As much fun as this is, it isn't helping my back!

3. Not lifting as much

When my back starts to bother me, I have to tell Adalyn that I cannot lift her as much. She is two so she can certainly walk herself most of the time. She does seem to understand when I tell her that mommy has a boo boo on her back. Giving my back a break from lifting seems to help.

4. Use a pillow for support

My husband has a history of back pain from working in the car industry for many years and taught me this one. What we do is roll a pillow in half the long way and lean up against it while sitting on a chair or on the couch. It seems to provide nice support to my lower back. I used this at work during my last pregnancy as well for support.

I hope that any of you who are pregnant do not have to deal with lower back pain! It is tough.

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