Back pain, especially tailbone pain, is extremely common during pregnancy due to the sheer number of physical changes that occur. For example added weight means that the back has to support a greater amount of weight. There is also a change in the woman’s center of gravity triggers, pelvic changes, loose joints caused by pregnancy hormones, poor posture, and stress. All of these changes happen to the body rapidly causing pain and discomfort for many women.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are lifestyle changes and treatment options that can help women feel more comfortable with tailbone pain during pregnancy.
1. Exercise regularly
Regular exercise allows the back to stretch and relax and stimulates circulation. This can be especially effective for a woman whose back pain is primarily caused by stress. There are even several exercises geared towards pregnant women, such as getting down on all fours, and alternating between arching the back with the head down forward, and lifting the head fully while dropping the belly downward.
2. Wear flat, comfortable shoes
An obvious solution to back pain triggered by poor posture and standing for long periods of time is making sure to wear proper shoes. Shoes should support the arch of the foot and be low-heeled and comfortable. Often, pregnant women even have to go up a shoe size because of the swelling caused by the increase of blood and fluids in the body.
3. Use a Tailbone Pillow
The unique design of a Tailbone Pillow with the cutout at the back can allow pregnant women to sit comfortably. Look for a pillow that has extra foam so that it can support the weight and has important safety features like anti-slip dimples on the base so it does not slip off the chair.
4. Do not sleep on your back.
Sleeping on your back puts pressure on your back by having the added weight leaning directly on the problem area. Sleeping on your side takes the pressure off your back, and ideally, you should place a pillow or cushion between your knees to give your extra body support while you sleep. It will make a tremendous difference the next day.
5. Pay attention to your posture
Poor posture is one of the leading causes of back pain for anyone; during pregnancy, women are prone to poor posture because of the added weight in front. The body must adjust to its new form, and the woman must be particularly careful to keep her shoulders back and head up. The woman should be careful to sit straight, and it is certainly preferable to lay down on your side to relax than to sit slumped over.
Acupressure is a form of alternative medicine and a pregnant woman who chooses acupressure treatment should only be treated by a professional practitioner. The practitioner will know how to apply pressure to certain points on the woman’s body that will relieve her of back pain. Used incorrectly, acupressure can put a woman into labor. Used properly, it can provide the ultimate pain relief.
7. Massage therapy.
Massage therapy for pregnant women is growing increasingly popular. The massage therapist knows how to position the woman safely during the massage, and utilizes special techniques to reduce swelling, stress, and back pain. Gentle massage can be performed by anyone, but it is best to see a professional to get the most relief from back pain.
8. Chiropractic care.
A chiropractor can offer professional advice in terms of stretching exercises that the woman can do at home, in addition to the typical back adjustments. The chiropractor can also advise on proper support gear for the woman, and can massage muscles and “pop” the joints in place. Precautions are used to prevent any pressure on the abdominal area, and maximum relief is ensured.
To relieve tailbone pain during pregnancy, it is of vital importance to sleep in the proper position, wear appropriate supportive shoes, avoid stress and standing for long periods of time and be aware of proper posture. For total relief, one should see a qualified professional for the appropriate treatment.