Post natal back pain?
Why back pain is so common for new mums?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to back pain after having had a baby. So it’s important to understand why, by understanding how the body changes during pregnancy, and how these changes can continue to affect your body after birth, too.
During the long, joyful 40 weeks of pregnancy, the hormone Relaxin, produced by the placenta, loosens the joints and the ligaments within the body which in turn allows your uterus to grow and make room for your baby. Your musculoskeletal system also loosens up, giving your joints more flexibility and naturally creates more of a curvature within your back to prepare for carrying and delivering a baby. To compensate for this, the muscles around the joints, pelvis and spine may become tight as they try to add a little more support to your skeletal system.
Your expanding uterus also stretches and weakens the abdominal and core muscles which in turn alters your posture, putting strain on your lower back. The extra weight of your growing baby means more work for your muscles and increases stress on your joints. Getting into a comfortable position in the later stages of pregnancy can be hard, resulting in awkward body positing, be it in bed, on a chair or in standing.
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