What can I do to ease my back pain?
Pelvic floor, tummy and stabilisation exercises can help to reduce the strain on your pelvis. Get down onto your hands and knees and level your back so that it is roughly flat. Breathe in and then, as you breathe out, squeeze in your pelvic floor muscles and pull your belly button in and up. Keep squeezing for between five and 10 seconds without holding your breath and without moving your back. Relax the muscles slowly at the end of the exercise.
This soothes tired, aching muscles. Lean forwards over the back of a chair or lie on your side. Have your back massaged on the muscles either side of the spine and around the lower back.
If you have pain over your tailbone (coccyx), try not to slump when sitting and arch your back as much as is comfortable. Try sitting on a soft or wedge-shaped cushion.
find out if your local pool holds aqua-natal classes. Exercising in water can help to ease back pain during pregnancy.
Sleeping on your side with a wedge-shaped pillow under your tummy may help.
Heat and water
A warm bath, a hot pack or a warm jet of water from a showerhead can ease discomfort.
If you have a little one on the way and are feeling the strain (or even if you’re not) – why don’t you pop into the clinic and see if Jeremy can help ease the pain and prevent it from developing into a long term problem?