After birth, pain in the back and lower back – is this normal? What can we do to reduce suffering? The correct diagnosis, help, massage, fitness complex and competent behaviour of the woman, which provides fast recovery and victory over the pain.
The problems of women after childbirth – and not very pleasant – often added another one: a sore back and loins. This overshadows the joy of motherhood every other woman. In order to understand why it hurts, how to get rid of this pain will be useful not only for nursing moms. A loving father and family can help the woman to quickly restore health.
Back pain after delivery: is it OK?
If a woman before pregnancy had pain between the shoulder blades, the lumbar region will only strengthen. Osteochondrosis, protrusion, herniation, and scoliosis curvature of of posture after birth, progresses rapidly due to physical and nervous overload, lack of calcium, etc ..
The correct diagnosis and the consultation of experts is necessary in this case, self-medication is dangerous. But also for a healthy spine, pregnancy and childbirth is a great burden, and the recovery period is extended for several months.
Postpartum back pain may worsen as the spine is exposed to enormous loads
Pregnancy and childbirth – stress in the spine
During pregnancy nature makes the woman's body to the monastery for the child. Mother's body as is indeed to some extent in the victim, changes to it result in pain syndromes.
- Hormonal changes. For a child, it was easier to go through the birth canal, the bones, cartilage, joints, the mother is softened under the influence of progesterone. This hormone is released into the bloodstream in large numbers, weakened in the first place, the pain, and why pain occurs most frequently in it.
- Changes of posture. During pregnancy, changes the posture of the woman and the stomach becomes the center of gravity. To grow a belly, the woman, who is forced to lean back. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar muscles get overworked from this and it hurt so much back. The abdominal muscles are stretched and the lumbar and pelvic on the contrary, are shortened and reduced. Birth pains hurt even more, and lower back after giving birth becomes the weak point of each bending and lifting. "Playing" a baby in the last periods of pregnancy, arranged on the right, then left in the womb and its spine base. If this happens, pinching the nerve root (sciatica) — there is a lot of pain.
- The internal organs of the mother, the kidneys, such as dis seorsum growing fetus. Returning them to their place, associated with drawing pain in the lower back, bestower in the foot.
- General and tries to to fight. In order to numb the pain of contractions, epidural anesthesia is used: at the time of birth the lower part of the body anesthetized. Careless movement of women during labor, too strong attempts are the causes of injuries, that a woman does not feel and degrades. Move the vertebrae and joints, pinched nerves, torn ligaments in the lumbar perceptible, ceases to operate after the anesthetic.
Sacro-lumbar area experiences the maximum load during pregnancy and childbirth, the development of the muscle contractions, stretching and tearing of ligaments, nerves, zaselyalsya. This leads to pain in the lower back. The rehabilitation of this Section will take a couple of months.
If pain in the back in the blades, may cause the following causes:
- spasm of the muscles of the back, the rest of the pregnancy.
- diseases of the spine: scoliosis, osteochondrosis of the of the chest, etc – 40% of all cases;
- internal medicine: heart, lungs, stomach, due to stress, cold, malnutrition;
- neuralgia – inflammation of the nerve roots, which are different from acute heart pain dolore character and duration.
How to heal your back without drugs
When the first detected problem: "pain in lower back, what do you want to do?" a hand immediately reaches for the emergency pills. However, in the period of lactation, the saving of the mother can harm the child, even ointment must be applied with caution. With the exception of the pills from the women stay such aid.
Grease. Before buying these, so it is advisable to consult with your doctor.
Massage (kneading the soft tissues). A good help if back pain is caused by contractions in the muscle inflammation. In removing cramps swelling disappears, restoring circulation and muscle tone, joint mobility. The applicator Kuznetsov is a good alternative when there is not enough time and money to visit a massage therapist.
It is important to understand: if you want to quickly restore the body after giving birth massage only need.
Manual therapy. Qualified is need to help with sciatica and neuralgia: strinxit the nerves to be released. Shot in the lower back, radiate to the legs and coccyx constant pain between the shoulder blades is the reason to go for a consultation with a manual therapist. This will help to align the joints and put the bones in place, so that left to themselves, the nerve roots.
In the official medicine. Its services to women after the birth of the child, to use virtually no time. The most useful thing you can do in a lack of time is the MRI and consultation with a neurologist. MRI is the procedure costly, but safe for nursing mothers. This gives the complete information about the patient's status back, and the neurologist will explain how to treat them, and what actions in this situation is contraindicated. Further, not to hurt yourself, we must still find time and money for this process.
And should be treated independently, and the main methods of rehabilitation treatment is the prevention of pain and exercise.
The best way to get rid of pain is to prevent it
A few simple things that will help a woman who has given birth to quickly restore the spine to reduce the pain, syndrome to a minimum.
- Postpartum bandage. This is especially important for those who have had before pregnancy, problems with the spine as it relieves pressure on the lumbar muscles and accelerates the recovery of this Section.
- For the transport of the child to use the sling, which helps the back for carrying cargo the symmetrical distribution of them. When back pain suitable changes: bandana-a scarf, you can loop, fast loop.
- Pillow for feeding — a very useful thing in post-natal life, because it relieves back strain from extended breastfeeding.
- An orthopedic mattress. Also it is better to buy for postpartum recovery to ensure optimal conditions for the remainder of the patient's spine.
Due to pregnancy and childbirth lower back really hurt. The need to minimize the load on it.
- Born of a woman should not lift weights, sharp bend, to physical exertion: this is the current action cause acute or chronic low back pain. Will have to learn to lift weights with a straight back, while in the past this science was not known.
- All work requiring roof: bathing, washing, diapering, wash the floor, — it should be higher and be done with a straight back.
- It is necessary to take into account the principle that a tired mom is a bad mom; don't be shy and mobilize all the relatives to help in child care.
Physiotherapy: to do carefully, but regularly
If, nevertheless, despite all preventive measures, suddenly got pain in the lower back, can you do the following:
- If the pain is surprised, you need to slowly bring you to the horizontal plane (table). Leaning on your hands, carefully put the upper torso on the surface, the pelvis resting on the edge of the support. Relax and slightly bend your legs, the muscles of the buttocks. Slowly take a deep breath in the belly and on the number 4 hold your breath. Then a smooth exhale. Such a breathable, repeat 7-8 times and then, moving forearms on the edge of the support, to remove yourself from the area. The lumbar muscles, which are involved in the pain syndrome, in this time, relax the spasm is removed, the pain disappears.
- The sudden pain slowly down on all four. The knees are maximally extended, the arms at right angles to the hull. The back is straight, without the club and SAG down. The muscles relaxed, the head lowered. The abdomen is take a deep breath and slowly breathe out Hamshacha from the navel to the spine. So, the pressure, the muscles of the buttocks. This condition lasts 4 seconds. Repeat 7-8 times.
The first exercises after childbirth
On the second or third day after the birth, the midwives advise to start the complex reconstruction exercises:
- Lifting the pelvis: 10-15 cm carefully lift him from the prone position;
- Reduction of the tribes: from this position lower knees bent feet on the right and left, without taking your foot and the back support;
- Drawing: lying down, raise the hands to the sides, chest up, trahere simul knee, but not lifting the head from the support;
- Lie on your belly at least 10 minutes a day is recommended to restore proper posture and relax the muscles of the spine.
Fitball for breastfeeding moms
Focused complex exercise for strengthening the back muscles, it is recommended 6-8 weeks after the uncomplicated delivery and after 1.5-2 months after cesarean section.
When selecting a system for the recovery of the lower back you should avoid exercises in the position "sitting" and "standing" because the lower back experiences the maximum load. The optimum source of position "on all fours" and "lies".
Fitball – gym ball — offers effective exercises for working the back muscles after the birth of the child. High blood pressure – exercise for flattening the back. This not only strengthens the lower back, but also involved a larger group of muscles responsible for balance. After delivery, you will be able to learn more variations of these exercises from the same starting position.
- I. p.: lie with stomach over ball, hips resting in its side surface, and the foot wall. Bent hands facing the ball and your head drop down, the maximum rounding the back stretching the spine muscles.
- Helping himself with his hands, straighten the body, not the fibula to the back, not throwing back her head and watched. Focus on the back muscles, straining them. The muscles of the buttocks remain relaxed. (Breath)
- To set the maximum position for 1 second, feel the muscle tension.
- To drop in its original position. (Exhale).
More complicated options:
- UPS with hands, falling on his back; the elbow thus is taken away, not forward;
- lift with straight arms (more challenging option);
- on the rise bend in the outstretched hands in the elbows, back, trahere simul blades; then extend hands forward and lowered to the original position (the most difficult option).
This exercise is useful to perform 7-10 times in 1-2 days, it difficult it strengthens the back muscles.
Pilates – exercise for rehabilitation
Pilates is another popular form of fitness. His smooth and unhurried exercises for stretching the muscles and correcting posture, which does not require physical effort. It is ideal for women in difficult post-natal period: relieve muscle spasms and pain, correct posture, which consists of the muscular frame, set the weight.
Conditions the correct Pilates:
- in diseases of the spine required the recommendation of the neurologist;
- acute pain is a contraindication to employment;
- you can do only after a thorough research of the exercise equipment;
- mandatory frequency: 2-4 times per week, the first results in 2-3 months.
Back pain should not be a surprise that women after giving birth. But every young mother who faced them for the first time, need advice, understanding, encouragement. Share your problems and experiences, comments, help each other – and the pain will not be so hopeless.