I have three pregnancy complaints so far in my (almost) twenty weeks of pregnancy: Nausea, back pain, and headaches. Otherwise, it’s been smooth sailing my friends! As silly as it sounds, I feel blessed to be able to experience each one of those symptoms after all of our struggles to conceive. I never want to come off as I’m complaining, because trust me, for every one complaint I have, I have about 1,000 prayers thanking God for giving us such an incredible gift!
Currently my biggest “headache” if you will, is the back pain I’m experiencing. It’s such a pain! I’ve been trying to practice what I preach to my OB patient’s when I float to OBGYN as a nurse in the clinic, and not just suffer through it, but try different methods to alleviate the pain.
Advil: I know what you’re thinking. What? You can take Advil in pregnancy? But the new recommendations that have come out state that it is safe to take Advil weeks 6 and 32. It’s such great news, especially for those of us who deal with headaches and aches and pains that aren’t alleviated by other pain medicines. You can take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours to help reduce mild to moderate pain and discomfort.
Back Massager: I found the most epic back massaging pillow thanks to a few friends at work. It’s small enough to bring with you in your work bag and carry around the house and it uses an electrical cord so you don’t have to worry about batteries. It has some serious massaging power as well as heat which are the perfect combo if you’re dealing with back pain.
Essential Oil Blend: Sometimes a little essential oils can go a long way. Just a quick swipe of this roller bottle on my lower back and it helps to take the edge off. I love it.
Stretching: Laying down on the floor and stretching my knees up to my chest has been helpful when I’m waiting for my Advil to kick-in and do it’s job. Throw in a little meditation as well and it’s almost serene!
Avoid Triggers: When it comes to headaches, you can pinpoint your triggers pretty easily. Excessive noise, staring at a computer screen too long, those sorts of things. Take a step back and really analyze your actions leading up to your back pain and think of ways you can avoid certain tasks. I know lifting things, even if I do so ergonomically by lifting with my knees can lead to back pain. So now, I just let those bins sit at the top of the stairs a little longer so Cory can bring them down for me instead.
How do/did you deal with headaches and back pain in pregnancy?