Possible causes of back pain during pregnancy
What causes back pain during early pregnancy?
Changes in hormone levels, as well as physical and psychological stress, lie at the root of back pain in the earliest stages of pregnancy.
- Hormonal changes: Between the 7th and 10th weeks, a hormone called relaxin is produced by the body. It relaxes ligaments, muscles, and joints (primarily near the pelvis) to make room for your growing baby. Relaxin also aids in the expansion of the vaginal canal for delivery. As a result, the alignment and stability of your spine and pelvic joints shift, creating lower back pain. Additionally, some women will notice joint pain and hypermobility, thanks to the release of progesterone and estradiol.
- Stress: Although pregnancy is one of the most exciting events of your lifetime, it may serve as a source of stress as well. Besides affecting your emotional and psychological mood, it has a direct impact on physical health. Pregnant women often suffer from stress symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, worsening muscle pain and stiffness, and backaches.