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Back pain in pregnant women

by. Dr. Eko Agus Subagio, Sp. BS - Spine (Tulang Belakang), Dokter Saraf Kecetit
26 February 2014
Back pain in pregnant women

Back pain in pregnant women is good news that the baby grows in the womb.

That's what should happen most pregnant women experience back pain, usually beginning in the second half of pregnancy. You should know that there are things you can do to minimize your back pain. This is what helps relieve your back pain.

Causes of Back Pain in Pregnant Women occurs where the spine meets the pelvis , the sacroiliac joints There are many possibilities for why it happened. Here are some of the causes:

Weight gain.

During healthy pregnancy, pregnant women usually increases its weight between 25 and 35 pounds. The spine must support the weight of it. Which can lead to lower back pain. Growing weight of the baby and uterus also puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and spine.

Changes in posture.

Pregnancy shift the center of gravity. As a result, you may gradually - even unwittingly - start adjusting your posture and how you move. This can lead to back pain or strain.

Hormonal changes.

During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called relaxin which allows the ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and become more loose joints in preparation for childbirth. The same hormone can cause the ligaments that support the spine to loosen, causing instability and pain.

Separation of muscle.

When the uterus expands, two parallel sheets of muscle (rectum abdominis muscle), which runs from the ribs to the pubic bone, can be split along the center seam. This separation can exacerbate back pain.


Emotional stress can cause muscle tension in the back, which might be perceived as back pain or back spasms. You may find that you have increased pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.

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