|Since my labour started I have had a terrible backache. Is
that a sign that something is wrong?
Back pain during labour is not usually the sign of a problem.
Generally it is caused by the position of the baby. Should
the baby be lying in a position so that your spines are
against each other, or the back of the baby’s head
is against your spine, it can cause the mother to have extreme
pain during delivery. When the baby lies in this position
it is called posterior, and even if the baby turns during
the labour, the pain can continue. Often this pain is unrelenting
and does not diminish between contractions.
There are a couple of things that can help to relieve the
pain. Ask your birth partner to give you a very hard massage.
Rolling a firm ball over the area can also be helpful. If
you don’t enjoy the movement of massage, just firm
pressure in the sore area can help. Sometimes this can be
as hard as asking your partner to push his knuckles into
your back. This type of massage and pressure can be hard
enough to cause bruising, but this should not alarm you.
If massage or pressure are not helpful, try using heat
(such as a hot water bottle or a hot face cloth) or cold
(try an ice pack). Some women find that alternating hot
and cold gives relief.
Movement can be helpful, so experiment with walking, lying
on your side, or going on all fours and swinging your hips
can all be helpful. You need to try all these ideas until
you find one or a combination that helps.
If you have tried all these options, and just cannot find
any relief, then discuss your pain relief options with your
midwife or doctor. Getting relief from this pain will help
you cope with the labour.
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