Carrying a heavy bag of groceries from your car to the kitchen can take some effort, but it’s nothing compared with the months you spend carrying a developing child. While the human spine is well-suited for managing temporary loads, it’s common when the late stages of pregnancy include back pain.
It’s not only the weight of the new baby. Hormonal changes that facilitate the birth process also relax ligaments, so your body can stretch to accommodate delivery. However, ligaments are also part of the musculoskeletal support system, so if stretchy ligaments affect your lower back, there’s a greater load placed on your muscles and spine.
Plenty of self-care tips can help you reduce the back pain experience. When these aren’t enough, however, visit Westside Pain Specialists to explore further options. Dr. James Nassiri and his team can offer medical pain management that keeps your safety — and your baby’s — in mind.
While back pain during pregnancy is normal and expected, it can also be a symptom of more serious issues, so there are times when you shouldn’t simply live with the pain. Consider visiting your OB/GYN when:
If the nature of your pain changes, or if normal pain begins to substantially interfere with your daily routine, it’s time to seek medical attention about your discomfort.
You can be proactive about back pain by practicing yoga or choosing activities that strengthen core muscles. Carrying extra pounds can add to your back pain risk during pregnancy, so now is also the time to shed the extra load.
Whenever pain becomes too much, consider contacting Westside Pain Specialists at their most convenient office in Beverly Hills or Rancho Cucamonga, California. Call your preferred location directly to schedule your consultation.
Don’t let back pain dominate your pregnancy. Book an appointment now.