A 22-year-old female asked:
i am 25 weeks pregnant with my second child. could backpains be caused by the baby's head on my spine?
4 doctor answers • 13 doctors weighed in
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
No: Back pain during pregnancy is related to postural and hormonal changes from the pregnancy. Basically, as you progress throughout the pregnancy, the uterus enlarges and moves up o the abdominal area as well as anteriorly. This stretches abdominal muscles and affects its ability to contribute to a neutral posture. Hormones are also produced that causes joint laxity, which contributes to back pain.
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Back pain: It doesn't necessarily mean the baby's head is in your spine. It is more of the uterus pressure upon the nerves in your spine and its mass effect.
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Possible: Or from other causes lease callyour OB for evaluation and your OB will r/o OB causes and may need to refer u to ortho and you may need some physical therapy on the back.
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
No but...: It is not the baby's head, but likely the weight of the whole baby. Low back pain is very common during pregnancy.
Last updated Jul 6, 2014
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