Knowing the Causes: Back Pain During Pregnancy – Part 1

A pregnancy can be one of the happiest moments in life. There’s nothing quite like having the company of your baby while watching and feeling him/her grow and develop in your belly.

Unfortunately, a pregnancy can often come with one nagging trouble: back pain. To better understand and do away with back pain due to pregnancy, it’s important to know what exactly causes it. The pain-management experts at Total Pain Care have all the information you need.

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Weight Gain

A healthy pregnancy usually means weight gain with most women generally gaining anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds. While this means your baby is growing healthily, it also means your spine has a bit more to support. This newfound weight can often put stress on the lower back. Additionally, the baby’s development leads to pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the surrounding area.

Stressful Periods

Unfortunately, pregnancies can come with their fair share of stress. From worrying about leaving your job to worrying about the baby’s health, you might find that this stress can have a strong effect on your body. Emotional stress is known to cause tension on the back’s muscles. This often leads to unbearable back pain and debilitating spasms.

Growing Pains

Your body has to make room for your developing baby, which is often one of the main reasons behind back pain. As your baby develops, two parallel muscles are separated by your expanding uterus. These muscles, which run from the pubic bone to your rib cage, separate down the center seam and often worsen any back pain you might already have.

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Total Pain Care is Here

If you feel like your pregnancy-related back pain is getting out of control, don’t hesitate to contact Total Pain Care in New Jersey. Our pain-management specialists will help you find the relief you’re looking for while prioritizing your baby’s safety. Stay tuned for the second part of our series where we’ll discuss more common causes behind back pain during pregnancies.

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