Back Pain in Pregnancy

For pregnant women, back pain during pregnancy is not a trivial matter. If not addressed, pregnancy pain can have a negative impact on your daily lifestyle, from possibly causing missed time from work to making your delivery more difficult.

Back pain in the course of your pregnancy can create problems that will continue for an extended period after delivery.

Addressing Back Pain During Pregnancy

While it is fairly common, back pain during pregnancy should definitely not be accepted as just part of the process. To help make your pregnancy as pleasant as possible and facilitate an easier delivery, back pain should be always be addressed as quickly as possible and managed throughout your pregnancy.

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Lower back pain in pregnancy that lasts a long time (several weeks or months) is a predictor for postpartum back pain (pain after birth). For this reason, pregnant women are encouraged to seek appropriate back pain treatment during pregnancy.

Likewise, any postpartum pain that lasts longer than six to eight weeks should be treated in order to avoid chronic back pain or recurring back problems following pregnancy.

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Written by Stephen P. Montgomery, MD and Linda Sawyer, PT