Early pregnancy back pain shouldn't really cause an alarm as it is very common among pregnant women. In fact, over 50% of women experience back pain during their pregnancy. The pain usually exists above the waist in the center of the back. It may or may not be assenting with the pain you feel in your leg or foot. You will encounter plenty of discomforts during your pregnancy and back pain is surely one of them. As soon as you conceive, your body will start experiencing series of changes, major changes that will enable it to sustain, house and nurture a baby all through out 37 weeks of growth and development.
What causes early pregnancy back pain? One of the reasons why your back aches is because of the change in center of gravity. As your uterus expands, your center of gravity shifts forward. With that said, your posture begins to adjust your posture and the way you move. Another cause would be the extra weight you are carrying, both the baby's and yours. Your hormones can also be blamed for your back pains. The pregnancy hormone relaxin softens the ligaments between your pelvic bones, your joints would also loosen to prepare for your baby's passage through your pelvis during birth. In addition to that, the structures that support your pelvic organs become suppler which is why you feel noticeably uncomfortable on either side of your lower back. You feel more pain when walking and going up and down the stairs.
Ask your health care provider what sorts of exercises are suited best for you to help lessen your back pain. Pelvic rocking, mini-crunches and walking are all great forms of exercise to help relieve pain in the back. Practice safe lifting techniques to avoid worsening your problem. If at all possible, avoid any heavy lifting as this can strain your back. If you must lift something, make sure you lift with your knees instead your back.