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Attacked by Lower Back Pain during Pregnancy?

Lower back pain is a common pregnancy discomfort, and most expectant mothers experience it. While it may be a sign of a serious medical problem, it could also be a harmless adaptation of the changes your body is doing. Still, if you feel discomfort, please don’t circumvent a visit to your obstetrician. Professional opinion is still far superior than seeking medications yourself.

Harmless causes for lower back pain during pregnancy
Even in normal back pain conditions (outside child bearing), most back pains are benign though sufferers are alarmed at frequency and the intensity of the attacks. So it’s not surprising at the alarm rate of expectant mothers experiencing lower back pain during pregnancy. I will enumerate some of the most common causes for lower back pain during pregnancy.

Constipation, Flatulence and Bloating

If your back pain is accompanied by these embarrassing conditions, this is perfectly normal. Constipation by the way is a common complaint among older people.

As your uterus grows, the action tends to create pressure on the surrounding organs, pushing them aside. This effect makes your digestion process slow. And as we know, if a considerable matter slowly makes its way down your gut, the bacteria that reside on your intestine will feast on this matter and the resulting chemical reaction will produce gas.

Normally, people swallow air every time. They expend it by burping or if trapped rather miserably, the air is pushed towards the colon where the air awaits eventual release as flatus. Moreover, during pregnancy your body releases progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscles including the gastrointestinal tract. This hormone also slows down your digestive system. All in all, gases do form during pregnancy, (monster) amounts of them, so if these conditions bother you, take comfort that at least it isn’t grave however embarrassing they may be.

Round Ligament Pain

These muscle groups hold your uterus to your pelvis. As your uterus grows to accommodate the baby so does the round ligament. They thicken and stretch to support the uterus. These changes can cause pain though the intensity varies with several mothers. While some experience it as a dull tickling and continuous sensation, in general it is a brief sharp pain when you do sudden movement or if engaged in an activity. This pain shouldn’t last long, at most a few seconds to a full minute. The best thing to do is prevent sudden movement, as this can ‘jolt’ the ligament which causes round ligament pain.

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