Minimizing Pregnancy Backache
Those extra 35 (okay, 55) pounds you're carrying around during your pregnancy are killing your back, but you can't take most pain relievers or indulge in a glass of wine to relieve your pregnancy backache. And, frankly, getting a massage on your side sucks. So what's a girl to do?
Here are a few ways to relieve pregnancy backache:
- Try snacking on almonds. They're full of magnesium, nature's natural muscle relaxer. It might not be as fun as sipping a good glass of Cabernet, but whatever works, right?
- Try acupuncture . We know, we know. Sticking needles in your skin doesn't sound like a good pain reliever. But acupuncture has been shown to help relieve pregnancy backache, lower stress and help you sleep better.
- Prenatal massage. Okay, so we're not big fans of lying on our sides for a massage. But it can help relieve your pregnancy backache, so it's worth a try. Make sure you find someone who is qualified to give prenatal massage.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects. It will add strain to your back and can cause pregnancy backache. Of course, if you're chasing a toddler around, you might not have much choice. So if you lift up your (not so) little one, put your legs at a wide stance, bend at your knees and not your waist and lift with your arms and legs, not your back.
- Get a firm mattress. If it isn't firm, place a board underneath to help reduce pregnancy backache.
- Wear comfortable shoes. If you're experiencing pregnancy backache, ditch the cute (but painful) shoes and wear flats. You might consider an orthopedic shoe insert for extra support.