As I have mentioned before, back pain during pregnancy is quite common. It is estimated that up to seventy percent of pregnant women will experience back pain at some point in their pregnancy! This back pain can start early in the pregnancy due to hormonal changes, but some women don’t experience back pain until later on in the pregnancy as the baby gets larger and the woman’s spine has to compensate for her shifting center of gravity.
This day-to-day back pain is a nuisance and uncomfortable, but is not uncommon. However, for some women, severe back pain during pregnancy can be an issue. If back pain gets that bad, it is recommended that you see your physician.
It is possible that there is something more serious going on. Some women have osteoporosis of their backs, as well as osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) of their backs. Sometimes, the severe back pain can also indicate an infection, or that you are going into labor.
That is why it is best to see your physician to figure out what is going on. Although acetaminophen has been mentioned by others as safe to use for pain during pregnancy, I would caution you against that until you’ve had a thorough discussion with your physician about that.
Acetaminophen is hard on your liver, when taken for long periods of time. So who knows how it would affect the baby? That is just one chance I’m not willing to take.
What are some other options then that you can speak to your doctor about?
A massage by a licensed massage therapist. Ask if it is okay to do strengthening exercises of your back and abdominal muscles, and what is safe for your pregnancy.
Two other ideas to consider to increase your comfort as much as possible during this pregnancy is:
- Use of reliable pregnancy pillows
- Correcting your posture
If you have severe back pain during pregnancy, be sure to speak to your physician to rule out something more serious. Perhaps, the back pain is treatable and something can be done for it.