The second trimester of pregnancy is when back pain rears its ugly head
For many women, back pain becomes prominent during the second half of pregnancy, and gets progressively worse until the due date. There are a host of reasons for this because, as with all things spine-related, back pain is a much more complex biological process than we have been led to believe.
With pregnancy, we start by identifying the common suspects, beginning with the hormonal changes of the first trimester. During this time, the hormone relaxin is produced in higher quantities, loosening the ligaments in the pelvis to prepare for childbirth and, crucially, destabilizing the spine. In the second trimester, this instability combines with:
- Your center of gravity shifting forward
- Growing weight of the baby as your pregnancy progresses
- Postural difficulties and changes in the spinal curvature
So while you may be showing and ready to announce your pregnancy to the world, back pain is lurking in the background trying to spoil the party.