Well it is for me anyway. It’s beautiful, and miraculous, and I’ve been greatly blessed to have been capable of carrying these people in my womb. But it’s hard. I know a lot of women can sail through it and they feel amazing. But I’m just not one of them.
This is my third pregnancy, and my most painful for sure. This time around, I’ve suffered from back pain and pelvic pain since I was 8 weeks pregnant. Luckily though, I’ve learned a thing or two about dealing with it from my first two pregnancies. I’m not going to sugar coat this, none of the tips I’ll be sharing make me completely pain free. The only thing that will do that is birth…which I’m hoping to avoid for another 5 months! But if done consistently, I do get some relief, albeit temporary, and it helps manage the situation and keep it from getting out of control.
My back pain is due to pregnancy induced pelvic instability. I’ll do a quick biology of pregnancy for you. When a woman becomes pregnant lots of hormones are being produced (duh!) to help turn her body into a baby making machine for the next 10 months (oh, you thought it was 9 months, ya that’s a lie). Some of those hormones cause the ligaments and connective tissues in the body to become loose so that when that glorious birth day comes, the pelvis can open up and let the baby out. Which of course, is what we all want, right??
Well….my body (and other women too, this isn’t all that uncommon) goes into “ligament loosening overdrive”. Apparently as soon as I get pregnant my body is all too happy to prep my pelvis to let an 8+ pound baby through (both my girls were over 8 pounds, it’s just how I roll). What does all this mean?? My pelvis is loose. Let that sink in for a minute. My pelvis. is. loose. Which results in my pelvis moving during things like….
walking, putting on or taking off pants, getting in or out of the car, getting in or out of bed, rolling over in bed, turning around, crossing my legs while sitting, putting more weight on one leg then the other…
So pretty much LIFE. Life makes my pelvis shift and that results in low back pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction (look that up, fun stuff), and sciatica.
But like I said. I’ve learned some things on managing my “condition”. So, because I love all you pregnant mamas out there, and I’ve been around the block a couple of times, I want to share my “wisdom”. Because I know other mamas are suffering with similar issues – my case isn’t exactly rare, more extreme than most maybe, but not rare.
*But of course – I am no a medical professional. Check with your doctor or midwife before you try these.*
So here you go, my tips for Natural Back Pain Relief during Pregnancy.
Ok let’s be real here, yoga is amazing. It’s the biggest part of my pregnancy back pain management plan. When I do some simple yoga routines daily, my pain levels go way down and my back and pelvis don’t shift as easily. But you have to be careful because a lot of pregnancy yoga routines have you in moves that will actually worsen your pelvic pain – pretty much anything that has you in a cross-legged position or other poses where the knees are separated is a big no-no.
Having said that, here are some of my favorite YouTube yoga videos for pregnancy back pain relief. These are the best ones I’ve found to address my particular pelvic instability issues. I hope they help you too!
Essential Oils are a must for me, especially when it comes to the sciatica pain. One of my favorites right now is soothing blend rub. It is fantastic. It’s an all natural lotion with a blend of essential oils that help with inflammation, muscle and joint soreness, and body aches. It has a hot but cold feeling that is just what I need to relieve my pain. It’s perfectly safe to use during pregnancy, so there’s a major win!
The other trick up my sleeve is a women’s monthly blend. This is a hormone balancing blend of essential oils. It’s fantastic for cramping, pms, and menopause. But I’ve been using it during this pregnancy to help manage the source of my back pain problem – overactive hormones! I love essential oils and natural remedies for exactly this reason, we can get to the root of the issue not just mere symptom management.
I simply roll this oil on the inside of my right ankle every morning or every other morning, and I’ve noticed that when I skip this for several days my back pain worsens. Coincidence? I think not. *One word of caution though: The women’s monthly blend has Clary Sage oil in it, which can naturally strengthen and intensify contctions. So if you’re prone to, have a history of, or are otherwise at risk for pre-term labor, you may want to avoid using women’s monthly blend during pregnancy.
If you are interested in getting any of these oils you can email me, or go check out this page for more details. I’d love to help you experience these natural remedies!
This is another major component to my pelvic instability and back pain management. It makes such a big difference. It’s not exactly comfortable to wear it, but it reduces my pain and I feel “held together”. Because seriously some times as I walk I can feel my pelvis shifting. Very unsettling, and makes me feel rather vulnerable. The support band definitely helps.
There are a lot of pregnancy support bands to choose from. This is the one I use currently, I used it during my last pregnancy and it works pretty well. But I will be purchasing this one to try out. It wasn’t available during my last pregnancy, but I like it because it’s more adjustable, breathable, and can be used after birth as well – because this issue isn’t gone with the flip of a switch!
I hope these tips help! I know they help me. So here’s to a more manageable pregnancy!