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I can't belive I'm having backache issues already. I just can't get comfortable whether I'm sitting, standing or lying down. The most comfortable position is on my back, but I think I'm past the safe time of doing that (I'm 16 weeks). I've tried turning the shower head on the "blast" setting and massaging, but it doesn't help. Dh has tried to massage, but between you and me, he stinks at it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . I think it's time to call the chiro. Ouch!
 

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I love my chiro, massage therapist, and massaging showerhead. Without all three, I'd be a very unhappy mama. I was so glad to be out of the 1st trimester and allowed back to my massage therapist.
 

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I've never been to a chiro, but I'm definitely thinking about it for this pregnancy. I have scoliosis, so I do have back pain often even when not pregnant. My back hasn't been bothering me too much so far this pregnancy. It hurt for a while after we took a trip to San Francisco and did tons of walking. Tonight I made a "gourmet" (for me LOL) dinner that took me about 1.5 hours to prepare. Now my back is killing me. DH isn't really that great at back massages, but he is great at foot massages and I'll be getting one of those tonight! My pups are killing me too!
 

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there's a not safe time point to lie on your back? when i was pregnant the first time around, if i felt light headed or sick to my stomach when laying on my back, i would turn to my side. and until i do feel light headed or sick to my stomach or otherwise when laying on my back or until my belly feels uncomfortable when i'm laying on it, i'll probably continue to do that this time around, too. but then again, my pubis symphysis joint has just started aching to the hilt this week, so i will take advantage of any laying down position that doesn't put stress on it. just my opinion...<br><br>
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Claudia, that's a interesting point and it makes a lot of sense. Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Does anyone know if it's safe to use a heating pad on my lower back? It sounds heavenly, but I'm afraid it might be too hot.
 

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I don't know for sure, but I think a heating pad would be fine as long as you used it for only a few minutes at a time (10 or so, maybe), like the instructions always say, rather than falling asleep on it, like I tend to do. Heating pads are small enough that I don't think they could significantly raise your overall body temperature, which is what's bad for the baby.
 

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yeah, i agree with Mimi about the heating pad. it's unlikely that it would raise your body temp and it would probably feel really good on your back. maybe i should look into one for myself...<br><br>
and thanks, HomeBirthMommy. sometimes the things i think and say make sense. only sometimes, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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have you tried stretching? i think there are some yoga moves that stretch your back....not sure what they are called? sun rise and something dog? haha. it is like you get on your hands and knees and arch your back and then you put your nose to the ground and roll your back? gosh i'm not explaining this right...you need someone to show you haha.l
 

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i've called it a "cat-cow". you are on hands (shoulder width apart) and knees (hip width apart) and you start with the cow part: keep your back as straight as possible. some might have you drop your belly but that's not recommended in pregnancy yoga. then you slowly drop your head forward and raise the base of your spine like a cat when it's frightened. only do it to 70% of what you think you can do comfortably, and maybe even only 50% or less if your back is bothering you.<br><br>
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ok i'm glad someone explained the stretching<br><br>
also you need to squat to pick up things, not bend over at the waist.
 

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could someone please tell that to my toddler? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
or my newly twisted ankle? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"><br><br>
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Thanks for the tips about stretching. Those feel great on my back, but don't seem to get the true problem area, which if we're being honest is not so much my lower back, but my upper (and not so upper) rear end. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I know it's not sciatica, but I'm experiencing much more discomfort on the right side. Weird and nobody wants to give me a butt massage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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sounds like the base of your spine (the sacrum and coccyx bones)... i actually had this start last fall and was seeing a chiro for it, and then it was fine the first few months of this year. but last week it started again, combined with the pubic symphysis joint achiness, so i went back to the chiro and will probably be going pretty regularly through the rest of this pregnancy. it felt a *LOT* better after the adjustment.<br><br>
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hey any tips on how not to carry your toddler? i keep getting in these situations where we are on the way to the car or apartment and my son insists that i carry him. i really don't want to make him lay on the ground in a power struggle. he is 30 pounds and heavy. the best i can do is get him to walk to a landmark in an exchange that i will carry him for a bit then he has to walk some more and so on. maybe i just need to bring the stroller with me everywhere.<br><br>
my back was really hurting yesterday and i did some pelvic tilts before bed and they helped. gotta remember to do my bradley exercises! wasn't thinking i would need to start them sooo soon but oh well.
 

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The only way I got my toddler to walk and not be carried was to use the natural consequence of walking away if he did not follow along. Mind, this was not an easy thing to do, but it does work! just don't do it when they are tired, hungry, thirsty or grumpy! ha ha ha <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
about the bachache... I have been seeing a physical therapist for my aching back and she has been doing massage, heat and the exercises mentioned in this thread.<br><br>
Then she ordered me this "belly sling" thing. i am not that big yet, and I don't need maternity clothes so far (15 weeks) but, it really offers a lot of support. Kinda like someone being there and hugging your belly and back. At first I was not too keen on wearing it, but I wore it all day today and it felt great. Downfall... i have to wear it with maternity pants... must be on the cusp of needing those!<br><br>
I lift my dd who is 24# and son 43# off and on all day.<br><br>
I did get a backpack on wheels for school though. People kinda snicker, but every carry 3 huge textbooks, a laptop and your lunch around for the day?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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This is used in Bradley method as someone mentioned before. It doesn't really help with upper back probs but lets to uterus "come out" of the belly and relieves the muscles holding the uterus to the back (thats as good as i can explain it right now).<br><br>
get on your hands and knees with your knees about hip width apart. level your back and hips. drop your head and ONLY "rock" your hips down. don't "arch" your back downward just drop your hips. this doesn't need to be done fast. these helped tremendously with my first and i will be using them alot this time around also. i have had back and neck problems my entire life and pregnancy with all those softening horomones make it worse.<br><br>
Hope this helps someone.
 

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we are moving to an apartment complex this month that has the coolest thing in their clubhouse. they have 5 ijoy massage chairs like the ones in those gadget stores. they feel really good. i think i'm going to be hanging out down there every night before bed. my dad has a lot of back problems and he says the only thing that helps him is to avoid sitting at a desk (he quit his job!) and to walk every day. he walks like 2 hrs but i will be trying to get 15-30 minutes in today after our nap.
 
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