Originally Posted by ~pi
Also, I just finished a yoga video that I've been doing more and more often as the pregnancy progresses, especially before bed, mainly because it helps me relax and makes my back feel amazing. (I used to be prone to back pain.) It's this one
, and I think it's common enough that you ought to be able to get it from your local library. I took it out of the library first before finally deciding to buy it.
You're right, they do have it at our library! I just placed a hold on it from one of the area libraries and I'll try it when I get it in a few days. I've never tried any yoga except the cat-cow moves.
Originally Posted by corrabelle
How fast can you get yourself to a swimming pool? For an hour at least, every day, until the baby is born?
You know, I did a lot more swimming a little earlier in the summer, and my back didn't hurt as much then. I thought the pain just didn't kick in until a few weeks ago... maybe the swimming helped hold it off. Unfortunately, our city pool is closed except on the weekends now, but I do have the river nearby, and I could probably find a deep enough spot to float around. That helps with the suffocating heat, too!
Originally Posted by LaBruja
Ouch...sorry you are having such awful back pain! It sounds like you are doing a lot of the right things though...I wish they were helping more!
Some other things you could try are: lots of stretching, hot showers, tennis ball massages (rope your hubby into doing those). Make sure that when you are laying down, you have a pillow between your knees...this really helps keep your back/hips aligned. One thing that really helps me (although it is totally embarassing, so I only do it when I'm alone) is belly-dance type hip swaying...I just concentrate on really relaxing my lower back and sort of rolling and rocking my hips, and it really seems to help loosen up my back.
Also, does your chiropractor use an activator? Regular chiropractic manipulation doesn't do much for my back pain and can actually make me more sore afterwards, but I recently started going to a chiropractor who only uses the activator on me and it is pretty much miraculous...he has even gotten rid of my sciatica issues that I've had for 8 years!
P.S. I'm inclined to say that homemade cinnamon rolls are worth any amount of back pain, but that may just be my currently ravenous sweet tooth talking
Well, the cinnamon rolls WERE very good. They were probably worth it! My chiropractor is plain magic (she's "fixed" me after several falls from horses) but she has been pretty conservative as to what she'll do on me. Maybe I can suggest she go a little more indepth! Belly dancing makes sense! I agree, though, I wouldn't want to do that where anyone could see me.
Originally Posted by AKChix0r
My back pain was entirely dependent upon the baby's position. I had to get him to stop turning posterior to get relief.
-Cat-Cow moves, every single time I felt pain or felt the baby moving (the docs said it would help him to move into the right spot if he was already moving)
-The RIGHT chiropractor. I've seen three - one helped, two hurt more than helped. You might want to try one that specializes in pregnant women and children.
-No more reclining! I lean forward over my desk at work, and no longer recline on the couch at home.
-No pillow between the legs - it made it worse for me.
-Sleeping on my back but propped up to an almost sitting position. Or, in desperate moments, sleeping while sitting cross legged and holding onto a huge pillow to (barely) support my head
I was told that putting an ice pack on my back where the baby was would get him to move, but I never tried it.
At my last few MW appointments, he's been in the perfect position, but I guess he could be moving enough to put pressure on my back. Sounds like you were super creative with your sleeping positions!
With your input, I've decided there's only so much I can avoid the positions that are comfortable for me but frowned upon by my MW. I think it really is more important that I'm not miserable. I'm trying to sit in the "right" positions when my back doesn't hurt, but once I get to the point that it does, I'm trying not to feel guilty about doing what feels good. Thanks for helping me out, mamas! I can't believe we only have a few weeks left!