Pregnancy often comes with backaches that range from dull to excruciating, depending on the mother’s build and the baby’s position. Although most back pain is tolerable and temporary, sometimes it causes discomfort to the point where additional treatment may be needed to reduce or control the pain. Over-the-counter medications, as permitted by the obstetrician of the mom-to-be, may take care of the problem. If it does not, however, the follow three natural approaches might help.
Cushions And Rest
An aching back may be helped by extra rest and cushion support. A doctor, nurse, or midwife can explain how to place the cushions for optimum support, again depending on the baby’s location in the uterus. Some mothers-to-be are reluctant to make time for rest or naps during the day. But even 15 to 30 minutes of reclining in a comfortable position can take pressure off the back nerves that then helps to reduce pain. Lying on one side or the other or elevating the legs may be recommended during the rest period or at night for sleeping.
For an accurate evaluation of the baby’s position and how the uterus is impacting the mother’s back, additional medical support may be needed. The obstetrician may schedule an at-home ultrasound to see where the baby is located in conjunction with the mother’s back. Companies, like Keebomed, sell portable ultrasound equipment that a technician, clinician, or doctor can use at home if needed. Able to be hand-carried and battery-operated, lightweight, portable ultrasound machines can be safely used in remote areas or on an emergency, in-home basis to avoid the cost and scheduling of a hospital or doctor’s office ultrasound. A quicker diagnosis can lead to prompt treatment.
Warm Bath Or Shower
Taking a leisurely warm, not hot, bath or shower helps to relax the mother’s body, including muscles and other bodily structures that may be pressed by the growing uterus. Sitting in a warm bath or using warm compresses on the back may relieve tight muscles and reduce back discomfort. The doctor can recommend the appropriate length of time and water temperature for best results.
Back pain is a frequent complaint of pregnant women. Fortunately, there are natural ways to address this type of discomfort at home. It is always important to check with your doctor and consult with him/her what your best options would be. With medical approval, approaches like these can make pregnancy more enjoyable again.