The answer is not necessarily! But the reasons you may be experiencing back pain in pregnancy is because your body is producing hormones to enable your joints and ligaments to loosen to make room for your growing baby. In addition to all those hormones are the ever-expanding uterus and growing baby. Your center of gravity is being pulled forward and as your abdominal muscles stretch, they become weaker, this puts more stress on the ligaments of your pelvis and your spine. The result-an aching back!
What’s a pregnant lady to do about her back pain?
As tempted as you may be to lie down and rest and hope it goes away, that’s the worst thing to do. You need to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your belly, baby, back, and bottom.
These are the best exercises to do during pregnancy:
Prenatal Yoga builds strength and the breathing techniques help you to manage pain. Some poses increase your balance and help you maintain proper body alignment.
“Swimming is great exercise because it uses both large muscle groups (arms and legs). Though low-impact, it provides good cardiovascular benefits and allows expectant women to feel weightless despite the extra pounds added by pregnancy. It also poses a very low risk of injury. “http://www.babycenter.com/0_great-pregnancy-exercise-swimming_7822.bc
“Walking is one of the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because it keeps you fit without jarring your knees and ankles. It's also a safe activity to continue throughout all nine months of pregnancy and one of the easier ways to start exercising if you haven't previously been active. ” http://www.babycenter.com/0_great-pregnancy-exercise-walking_7863.bc
Pelvic Rock: start on your hands and knees. Hands under shoulders. Knees under hips. Tilt your tail bone up then tuck your tailbone under and down. This movement repeated 50-100 times at your own pace stretches ands strengthens your belly and back.
Squat: Move your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart. Tilt your tail bone back as you place your hands on your knees, and bend your knees until you are all the way down in a squat. To come up, place your hands on the floor in front of you as you lift your bottom up, then place your hands on your knees again, and stand all the way up.
Kegels: Squeeze and release the pelvic floor muscles, the same muscles you use to start and stop the flow of urine.