I am 7 1/2 months pregnant and my back just kills me!!!!!!!!

Celeste - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )




I am 29 weeks pregnant and my back kills me, does anyone have any exercise tips or positions i can do??? Also does anyone know if i can use Ben Gay to rub on my muscles or is it not safe during pregnancy??? THX...


Heather - posted on 10/21/2009




I was the same way. Just try to get as much exercise as possible...walking really helps. also taking warm baths. If you want to rub something on it I would highly recommend burts bees muscle mend or tiger balm instead of the ben gay. heating pads at night work wonders too, hope this helps!

Cynthia - posted on 10/22/2009




There are Chiropractors that specialize in Pregnancy Treatment, I went to one every week during my last trimester and it helped... I was in PAIN as I was a 40 year old mom..if it wasn't for the Chiropractor I wouldn't have made it week to week...

Ashley - posted on 10/22/2009




I had some back problems when I was pregnant, but none too bad. Just try warm baths, heating pads, and sleep with a pillow between your legs. Since you pretty much have to sleep on your side, a pillow between your legs helps align your back.

Heidi - posted on 10/22/2009




When I was pregnant with my second I had some major back issues and it wasn't fun. My husband decided to send me for a massage. I went to a woman that specializes in pregnancy massages and it was the best thing for me. I went every other for an hour for the last 10 weeks. It made life much easier and more bearable. You should try it because it might just help!

Firebird - posted on 10/21/2009




I've had a bad back since I was 17 and it got so much worse when I was pregnant, especially when I was in labour. Back rubs and alternating a heating pad with an ice pack always helped me.


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Rachael - posted on 10/22/2009




They sell pregnancy belts at places like Motherhood Maternity and other maternity places. I have heard good things about them.

Erin - posted on 10/22/2009




Here's a solution!!!:

I had the WORST back pain when I was pregnant!! (my son was just born 2 months ago) One of my good friends is a massage therapist and introduced me to a massage technique called "cupping". Oh my God, it was the BEST THING EVER!! I had literally been prescribed pain meds by my OB for my back pain to keep me from doing nothing but lay on the couch, and after one treatment, was amazingly better!!

She basically used glass cups that suction to your back with heat. The suction pulls the blood to the surface of the muscles and forces it to start circulating again. She told me the muscles had gotten so tight from carrying all the weight, that the stuff in the muscles was stagnant. I will put a disclaimer here and say that the treatment can be very painful while it's being done and leave big circular "hickies" on you, but very much worth it!! I had another friend do it and she was hooked during her pregnancy. I usually had to go every 2 weeks to stay up on it so that the muscles never got back to how they had been. So, you just have to find someone in your area that knows how to do this technique, because it's amazing!! It is safe for pregnancy and it can be done on your side during the massage. Good luck ladies!!

Faith - posted on 10/22/2009




I would talk to your Dr about a back brace. With my youngest I had a lot of back pain I spoke with my Dr, about back brace especially for pregnant women it did wonders.

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I also am 7.5 months pregnant and what I do is place a small pillow in the round of my back when I sit down and wear very good support bras because your breasts weigh more now that they are filling with Colostrum and soon milk. Also try a heating pad.

Good Luck,


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I agree with the chiropractor :) I went to one through both my pregnancies and had very little back pain, My son was almost 10 pounds so that was pretty much a miracle.

Gina - posted on 10/22/2009




My friend gave me a pregnancy yoga DVD. I was not always able to do the positions very well nor did I always want to do it, but I felt so good after doing the stretches. I highly recommend it. I also would visit my Chiropractor once a month for the last trimester and I got support (pillow support) for my tummy while sleeping. Plus, I would get some massages from my husband as well (but those were most helpful on my legs when they started to swell and I needed the swelling to go down – it was very painful but extremely helpful). All of these things made a difference. Good luck.

Kira - posted on 10/22/2009




Something that really helped me was a yoga ball....just sit on it through out the day. Use it to stretch out and it really does help loosen you up my back rarely hurt with my first son when I actually had time to use it!

Megan - posted on 10/21/2009




i dont know about Ban Gay but i do know of something similar you can use, its called CM cream. you can order it on line at (www.youngevity.com) it saved me during and after my pregnancy. also if you do check out the site you should get some of their essential oil called trauma, its amazing for after pains and around your vagina after you have your baby. the CM cream is applied topically on any painful spots. the oil you apply 2-3 drops on your belly and around your vagina(not in or on open sores)down there. if the oil gets to hot add some veggie oil from the kitchen. i loved both of these hope i helped

Valerie - posted on 10/21/2009




I learned this in a Bradley Method birth class (which I highly recommend), to do what's called pelvic tilts.......the best way I can describe them is something like the cat yoga pose where you slowly alternate arching your back both directions to bring your pelvis in and down and then up and out......might be able to find a better description on some other pregnancy site. Hope it helps! Definitely recommend massage/chiropractic work as well.....they were a huge help for my pregnancy.

Abbie - posted on 10/21/2009




Go get a massage, an adjustment from a chiropractor - both will help you tons, There is a reason your back hurts. Other then the fact that you are carrying a lot more weight out in front of you then your body is used to.

Also ben Gay is ok, but there are much better things out there, you can get Biofreeze from your chiropractor or Massage therapist. If you have a co-op in your area they make a natural cream made with cayenne pepper, which works well, but also hot and cold packs work well. As with everything use it in moderation, as long as you don't bathe in the stuff it won't hurt the baby, takes a lot to be absorbed into the body.

Get a hold on your back pain now, as it will more then likely only get worse as the baby grows!

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2009




I had the same problem ! It may help to sleep with a body pillow. I also had a pillow btw my knees to take the pressure off. Baths also worked well.

Kerry - posted on 10/21/2009




Yep. That is about the time that I got sciadica. Try to lay on the floor to help straighten your back a little. Not for too long just a minute or two. Try to stretch as far as you can and wiggle your hips to get them as low as possible, this will help with the pressure on the nerves. Yes do try to get warm anything on your back ( i used a heating pad), this will help you too!

Jerzelle - posted on 10/21/2009




I am 27-weeks Pregnant and my back hurts soo bad...I just take warm baths and use pillows for now!

Joanne - posted on 10/21/2009




The sad part about it is its just going to get worse! I felt the same way that you did when I was pregnant with my son. You will need to rest more and requests more back massages from whomever is willing to give you one! I wish you the best of luck. Also warm baths help!

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