When you are pregnant you put on weight rapidly. In some cases your body is not ready to carry the extra pounds and this leads to back pain and other joint pains. A pregnant woman will begin to complain of back pain from the second trimester. As your baby begins to grow your belly will grow too and this will lead to excess pressure on your back. It is important that you ease the stress on your back in order to prevent long term damage. There are several simple techniques that you can use to reduce the strain on your back.
You need to understand that your body is taking a new form every day and in order to prevent strain on your body or the baby you need to take several precautions. If you are the kind of person who wears high heel shoes daily you need to avoid this. Wearing flat shoes minimizes the strain on your feet and also reduces the possibility of accidents. Wear shoes that are comfortable; your shoes need to fit your feet well. If your shoes are tight it will cause a degree of discomfort when you walk or stand. If your shoes are loose then your chances of slipping and falling are high and thus this must be avoided.
During your pregnancy you must sit as often as possible. This is the best way to prevent strain on your back. Sit with your back straight and elevate your feet as often as possible. This will help to increase blood circulation while giving your back adequate support at the same time.
In order to prevent back pains you also need to maintain a diet that provides your body with the nutrients that will strengthen your bones so that they are able to adjust to your body weight. Your diet must be rich in calcium and iron. In addition to the food you eat you must speak with your doctor about taking supplements in order to provide your body with all essential vitamins and minerals.
Your doctor will recommend that you sleep on your side rather than your back in order to prevent causing harm to the baby. When you sleep on your side ensure that you are not sleeping with your back curved.
Take a relaxing bath in order to ease the pain in your back. Do not use water that is too hot as it will damage your skin and make you uncomfortable. Add bath salts or Epsom’s salt to your bath water in order to relax the muscles in your body. Soak in the warm water for 15 to 20 minutes in order to get rid of all muscular pains.