Back pain Relief Exercises and Stretch
Pregnancy can be harsh on ligaments and joints because of the added weight your body supports. Your back may be one of the major areas where you’ll notice the ache. Regular stretching and exercise help offset these effects by improving flexibility, strength, muscle tone, and reducing the incidence of lower back pain. Try some of the following exercises and gentle stretches to alleviate back pain.
Full Back Stretch
This stretch is great throughout your entire pregnancy. You can do it anytime you feel lower back discomfort and all you need is something stable to hold on to. This stretch targets your deltoids, rhomboids, lats and erector spinae (an elongated muscle mass that extends from your neck to the small of your back), while lengthening your back muscles and easing lower back tension.
Lower Back Stretch
This exercise should only be done in your first trimester because it requires you to lie on your back. It targets your lower back and glutes (butt muscles) and will start to lengthen your tight lower back muscles and improve your posture.
Upper Back Crunch
This variation of the crunch is excellent for your second trimester and can be done in a sitting position. It targets your erector spinae, lats and traps, and will help relieve upper back pain caused by your growing breasts and belly.
Sit on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the ground a comfortable distance apart. With your back straight and your abs pulled in, extend your arms out to your side at shoulder height, your palms facing backward. Pulse your arms behind you slowly and gently, as if you were trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat.
Ensuring proper posture is a key way to eliminate and prevent back pain. Due to the changes the body undergoes, it is important to stretch the hip flexors which get tight from the anterior pelvic tilt as your belly gets bigger. Simply working on pelvic tilts in various positions is a great exercise. Hamstring stretches can decrease sciatic symptoms. These can be done by lying down as well as standing and sitting for the various trimesters.