Never in a woman’s life does her body go through as many profound changes as it does during pregnancy. While each woman and each gestation is different there are symptoms common to the condition but not well understood by sufferers.
It's one of the most frequently reported issues starting in early pregnancy, sometimes before a woman is even aware of her condition are lower back pain.
It is estimated that as many as 50% of all pregnant woman experience back pain. There are several reasons for this, most significantly the fact that a woman’s body chemistry is greatly changed once pregnancy is attained.
Hormones are released that prepare the body for the transformations to come. The most exceptional of these changes is the strains that are placed upon muscles, ligaments and skeletal structure due to the growing baby. Hormones affect these structures by allowing for greater muscular expansion and ligament growth, and even softening of bones to make them more pliable.
Another significant factor is that being pregnant causes a woman’s center of gravity to shift forward significantly as the baby grows. The lower back must curve significantly to accommodate the shift and an expanding uterus puts pressure on the spinal column and its nerve roots.
Added to all of the structural changes is the simple fact that as the fetus develops, finding a comfortable sleeping position can become near impossible, without adequate, restful slumber, muscles already under stress do not have a chance to recover from the stresses of the day.
While some discomfort is probably inescapable, there is much a woman can do to relieve and prevent lower back pain. One of the most vital methods is to get adequate exercise and not yield to the temptation to become less active due to discomfort. A doctor should always be consulted prior to the adoption of any exercise program, and in deference to the structural changes in the musculo-skeletal system; any new activities should be gentle, moderate and low impact. An added benefit to maintaining and strengthening muscles and ligaments during pregnancy is that good overall muscle tone helps make delivery easier!
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It is truly effective and can help speed pain relief to many who suffer chronic back pain.