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Back Pain - 21 weeks pregnant

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Wonderstruck

Back pain 😖

I had horrendous back pain with my first. It started early (earlier than this) and stuck around last time.

Last time I did aqua aerobics and prenatal yoga - I also used panadine to survive when needed which was over the counter back then and mothersafe said was fine.

With Covid there isn't much on and panadine now is restricted significantly to a script and only a few tablets.

I love a hot bath but that's now allowed either.

I'm currently using a belly bean pillow which is helpful.

Any suggestions on what to try. It's worst on wake up and early hours of the morning while I'm half awake. 

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*Arabella*

I saw a physio who specialised in pregnancy issues for my lower back pain. Tubigrip combined with a pelvic support belt also really helped.

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Living Type

I was coming in to say the same thing. Not back pain, I had significant hip pain in one pregnancy and terrible sciatic pain in another. Both times the specialists pregnancy physio helped me immensely.

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born.a.girl

I'd recommend a physio who specialises in pregnancy, too. They weren't so much a thing when I was pregnant, and certainly no one ever suggested one to me.  From soon after she was born I've been on anti-inflammatories, it's either that or surgery if I want to be able to get out of bed.

I also had pubis symphisis and wore a hernia belt for that.  The advice then was to avoid codeine the whole time, which I believe has now changed, so might be worth having some on hand for when it's intolerable.

You have my sympathy, I found pregnancy to be physically the pits.  Hope you find some solutions. 

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XieXie
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On 28/06/2020 at 6:49 AM, Wonderstruck said:

I love a hot bath but that's now allowed either.

 

Whaaaat?? It’s been a long time since I’ve been preg but hot baths aren’t allowed now!?

Torture. 

I hope you find something for the pain. Yoga at home might be an option if you can’t get to a class. Even just 5 mins every morning when you wake up should help things from seizing up so much. 

Edited by XieXie
spelling mistake!

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ckmelb

As another PP said pregnancy physio. They can give you exercises and stretches to do at home

I also found a prenatal yoga routine on YouTube that I did

I also had pregnancy massage at a fertility clinic

I also bought a giant pregnancy pillow from Kogan. The brand was Ovela I think

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Soontobegran
14 hours ago, Wonderstruck said:

Back pain 😖

I had horrendous back pain with my first. It started early (earlier than this) and stuck around last time.

Last time I did aqua aerobics and prenatal yoga - I also used panadine to survive when needed which was over the counter back then and mothersafe said was fine.

With Covid there isn't much on and panadine now is restricted significantly to a script and only a few tablets.

I love a hot bath but that's now allowed either.

I'm currently using a belly bean pillow which is helpful.

Any suggestions on what to try. It's worst on wake up and early hours of the morning while I'm half awake. 

Definitely see a physio if at all possible and I would be careful with your Panadeine input even though I know you don't have much available to you. The codeine in Panadeine can be very constipating.

Why no hot baths....this is a new one for me ?

We have always advised to keep the temperature of the bath at no more than body temperature so you don't get too hot and faint but I can't think of a reason why you have been told this.

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TinyGiraffe

I still have hot baths ~weekly while pregnant and actually had one tonight... As per STBG, I just dont have it too hot and realistically half my stomach is above water these days anyway so body temperature is regulated. I remember reading warnings in my first pregnancy ~2 years ago and clarified with my midwife who said as long as its not scalding hot it is perfectly safe. 

Spa's and hot-tubs were a no go though because of the higher temperature. 

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Ellie bean

Definitely see a women’s Physio, it helped me a lot

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mandelbrot

Echoing all the others with a women's physio.

But, you might find that sleeping with a small cushion between your legs (when lying on your side) can really help, especially if you don't want to spend $ on a pregnancy pillow (or can't fit a pillow into the bed). You can also try a heat pack - just not so hot that it heats up your core body temp.

My understanding was the 'no hot baths' was mostly about the falls risk from the blood pressure drop when you get out of a hot bath. That's why the hospital had a temp limit on the bathrooms in the delivery rooms - no, a 30 degree shower is not going to do much to relieve my back labour pains...

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Soontobegran

I think it is all about how the message is relayed. I have heard midwives say "no hot baths" but give no explanation nor solutions.

Hot/warm baths were integral to my ability to keep moving during my last 4 pregnancies, we also use hot baths as a means of relaxation in labour at work.

The bath should be no more than 37 degrees so some people might need to lower the temperature of the water that runs into the bath. Getting in and out of the bath needs to be safe so make sure that you have a slip free surface and when getting out you sit on the edge for a few moments to get the blood back up to your head.

Do not deny yourself this source of relief OP......But also as PP have said, a good women's physio can be a lifesaver.

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Wonderstruck

Thanks everyone. Will see about a physio this time around and try a bath if I can find the time (full time work and a 3 year old keeps me busy).  I do tend to run a shower quite hot. I also remember mothersafe telling me hot packs were ok as it was all about not raising your overall body temp too much. 

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spr_maiden

Yes,  definitely get onto a physio who specialises in pregnancy, I think you will cry with relief when it starts to help. 

Sleep with a pillow between your knees ( side sleeping) or under your knees  (back sleeping).

Try to minimise movements where your knees separate e.g. when getting out of a car,  legs together pivot in your seat to legs out of the door; when getting up from a chair,  same kind of thing. 

And if the physio tells you it's sciatica (without a history of it),  find another one. Sciatica generally does not develop during pregnancy unless you already have it pre-pregnancy. 

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IamtheMumma

As with the others, physio and a supportive belly band. The band will take some of the weight of your pregnancy, which will reduce the amount of strain it puts on your back. 

Enjoy your bath. That's very old information I suspect from the times of scolding hot baths and gin. 

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