Low back pain in pregnancy and the Postnatal period

A common misconception in pregnancy is that back pain is a normal pregnancy response and nothing can be done to help it.

However, there is lots that can be done to both prevent and improve your pain.

What is it?

Pain in the lower back region and possibly into the buttocks. 

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Dull constant ache in the small of your back
  • Strong sharp pain with movement in the mid and lower back and buttocks

Why is this occurring?

  • Previous back pain or back injuries
  • Changes to your posture during pregnancy
  • Increased pressure on your pelvis due to the growth of your baby

What can make my pain worse?

  • Sitting and standing still or moving from sitting to standing
  • Prolonged walking
  • Bending and lifting heavy objects /children
  • Housework
  • High impact exercise (e.g. running and jumping activities)

What can be done to help me?

While symptoms can be similar from person to person the underlying cause can be very different and thus treatment must be tailored to the individual. Assessment by an experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapist is a must.

What might my treatment may involve?

  • Education about appropriate postural changes or positions to relieve pain
  • Specific exercise program to strengthen postural and core muscles
  • Expert hands on treatment to relieve stiff painful joints
  • External support such as Tubigrip to provide low back and abdominal muscle support.