Along with nausea, swollen feet, and late-night food cravings, people often underestimate the burden of lower back pain that affects over two-thirds of all pregnant women. The good news is- this typically means the baby is growing! There are times, however, when the lower back pain can be serious and life-threatening to the baby. Because of this, it is important to listen to what your body is telling you and be knowledgeable about lower back pain in pregnancy, including knowing when to talk to your doctor.
Types of Pregnancy Back Pain
Back pain can start anywhere from the first trimester to the third. Lower back pain in pregnancy usually falls into one of two categories:
- Lumbar Pain– located above the center of the waist in the center of the back. This type of pain is caused from sitting, standing, and repetitive lifting. It is sometimes felt in the legs and feet.
- Posterior Pelvic Pain– far more prevalent than lumbar pain. This pain affects the back of the pelvis and is felt below or to the side of the waistline. Posterior pelvic pain is caused from climbing stairs, running or walking, lifting and twisting, or standing from a sitting position.