How can I deal with backache?

Monday November 11 2019



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By Dr Vincent Karuhanga

Dr I started experiencing backache during pregnancy. But now, long after my pregnancy, I still have pain. Why is it so?How can I deal with it? Could it be have anything to do with lack of sex? Samantha Kobweemi

Dear Samantha,
Inevitably the growth of a baby in the womb extends the tummy forwards affecting a mother’s posture with consequences of backache though backache could arise from other causes including a urinary tract infections and constipation common during pregnancy.
Also, one may suffer from backache resulting from bad posture, structures of the back or within the abdomen or obesity that may affect the pregnant and nonpregnant alike.

Women are fond of eating for two during pregnancy and end up becoming obese and unable to shed off weight after delivery. Also, women during breastfeeding take lots of milk and porridge said to boost milk production ending up gaining weight which they may still fail to shed off! Obesity may strain and fatigue the back ending up with backache.

Sometimes the bad posture during breastfeeding may also lead to backache.

Back pain usually gets better within a few months after delivery, though some women will continue to have pain for much longer especially if they had backache before getting pregnant. You need to visit your doctor for checks to determine the cause so that appropriate treatment and advice can be given.

Sex during or after pregnancy is a good mental and physical exercise that is necessary whether one is pregnant or not but lack of it is not responsible for backache as claimed by some lusty people.

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