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I am 32 weeks pregnant and I suffer from a hard low back pain. What shall I do?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
10 doctors agree

In brief: Do not delay

Back pain can be a sign of labor. Only having digital exams of the cervix and monitoring for uterine contractions can determine if labor is occurring.
If there is preterm labor, there are steps that must be taken quickly. Therefore, most experienced obs advise patients to go to labor and delivery immediately.

In brief: Do not delay

Back pain can be a sign of labor. Only having digital exams of the cervix and monitoring for uterine contractions can determine if labor is occurring.
If there is preterm labor, there are steps that must be taken quickly. Therefore, most experienced obs advise patients to go to labor and delivery immediately.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Kenneth Crabb
I agree with Dr Yoder, but low back pain is very common and fortunately we do not find preterm labor very often. If you cervix is not changing, consider seeing a physical therapist for back exercises.
Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Low back pain is exceedingly common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is generally safe in pregnancy.
You can also try some heating pads and stretching to alleviate the pain. See a doctor if you have any vaginal bleeding, loss of fluid, contractions, or can't feel the baby moving.

In brief: Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Low back pain is exceedingly common in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is generally safe in pregnancy.
You can also try some heating pads and stretching to alleviate the pain. See a doctor if you have any vaginal bleeding, loss of fluid, contractions, or can't feel the baby moving.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Ahmed Yousry
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pain management

If there is no other health issues, patient is usually advised to do physical therapy or prenatal yoga classes can be helpful.

In brief: Pain management

If there is no other health issues, patient is usually advised to do physical therapy or prenatal yoga classes can be helpful.
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Dr. Corey Bosin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Back pain

In addition end to aforementioned therapies, passive and active stretching can help.
In passive stretching, an experienced physical therapist or massage professional stretches different areas of the body to get relief. Osteopathic manipulative therapy may also help.

In brief: Back pain

In addition end to aforementioned therapies, passive and active stretching can help.
In passive stretching, an experienced physical therapist or massage professional stretches different areas of the body to get relief. Osteopathic manipulative therapy may also help.
Dr. Corey Bosin
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Dr. Leo Eschbach jr
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Back pain

Low back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy.
It usually is caused by mechanical factors, rather than disc herniation. We suggest nonpharmacologic interventions for management of low back pain in pregnancy, rather than surgery or medication. If medication is needed, Acetaminophen appears to be a safe and effective initial choice.

In brief: Back pain

Low back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy.
It usually is caused by mechanical factors, rather than disc herniation. We suggest nonpharmacologic interventions for management of low back pain in pregnancy, rather than surgery or medication. If medication is needed, Acetaminophen appears to be a safe and effective initial choice.
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Dr. Mary David
There are some supports that you can use to take the stress off your back. I know one is called a "Belly Bra" but there are several brands. Gentle massage can also help
Dr. Laurel Walton
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Wear support garment

The ligaments of the low back get stretch until you have reached 34 weeks gestation.
A good support garment such as a nana support,lift at the round ligament and then go around the body to support the low back. Avoid heavy lifting, greater than 10 lbs and no squatting

In brief: Wear support garment

The ligaments of the low back get stretch until you have reached 34 weeks gestation.
A good support garment such as a nana support,lift at the round ligament and then go around the body to support the low back. Avoid heavy lifting, greater than 10 lbs and no squatting
Dr. Laurel Walton
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Dr. Mary David
Massage can also help but you need a trained masseuse
Dr. Mary David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Common problem

Back pain is common in later pregnancy.
There are several different styles of slings and supports which can help as can an experienced massage therapist or accupuncturist.

In brief: Common problem

Back pain is common in later pregnancy.
There are several different styles of slings and supports which can help as can an experienced massage therapist or accupuncturist.
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