As we begin to address back pain and pregnancy, I looked to our local community for guidance on what causes back pain when a women becomes pregnant, what can expecting moms do to alleviate their pain and how can Spand-Ice develop a product to help address this market.
Deena Blumenfeld, owner and Principal Educator at Shining Light Prenatal Education, walks us through the particulars of back pain during pregnancy in our latest blog post:
Back pain during pregnancy is a fairly common occurrence for most women. It can be an occasional nuisance or a continual discomfort. However, moms need not suffer. Back pain for expecting moms can be alleviated or reduced with some easy solutions.
But first, to understand why women have back pain during pregnancy, we offer a brief anatomy lesson. The uterus is connected to the pelvis by four round ligaments. Two of these ligaments connect at the pubic bone in the front and the other two connect at the sacrum. As the baby grows, so must the uterus grow. This growth puts tension on these ligaments, which in turn pull on the pubic bone and the sacrum. The muscles in the low back and glutes then compensate for the additional pressure. The muscles fatigue and pain ensues. As baby grows, many women experience greater discomfort.
A woman’s posture, activity level, etc. all have an impact on her back pain, or lack there of. Later in pregnancy, as baby gets even bigger, the baby’s position can have an impact on her back pain. If baby is occiput posterior (facing mom’s back) that can exacerbate back pain even more, as can other sub-optimal positions.
To help alleviate back pain, pregnant mothers can do a number of things including changing positions frequently or regular exercise, such as a prenatal yoga class, which can build strength and stretch sore muscles. Moms should also sleep in a properly supported position to encourage a neutral spine.
To help soothe her back, reduce fatigue and calm sore muscles, mothers can add ice or heat to their backs. This is a natural alternative to pain medication and carries far fewer risks as compared to pain medication.
Together with Spand-Ice, we’re figuring out how we can help expecting mother’s tackle their back pain through wearable heat and ice. Stay tuned for more developments as Spand-Ice creates comfortable and easy solutions for new moms throughout the development cycle.
Deena Blumenfeld ERYT, RPYT, LCCE is the owner and principal educator at Shining Light Prenatal Education in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Lamaze Program Director and Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She is also mom to two elementary school aged children.