05.01.2016
The list of pregnancy no-nos is long and can seem cruel if what’s on it is exactly what you (or your little one inside) is craving. When I hit 16- or 17-weeks pregnant, the nurse told me it was time to stop sleeping on my stomach. I know all about bottom feeders and how you’re supposed to keep away from them during pregnancy. Listeria is another one of the kryptonites of pregnancy, which means you’re supposed to avoid deli meats or ask the person behind the deli counter to heat the turkey in your sandwich until it’s steaming. I sit all day long and work on a computer, and while heavy computer use is safe during pregnancy, not exercising isn’t. The publication of a New Zealand study examining the link between sleep habits and stillbirth in pregnancy has received strong international media interest. The weekly science page that runs in the Dominion Post and Press newspapers is now being syndicated across four additional Fairfax newspapers, increasing the page’s potential reach to nearly 560,000 readers each week. There is a lot of focus on pre-natal lower back pain, but clinically I treat many women in this population that experience upper back (thoracic spine) pain as well. Upper back pain during pregnancy can occur at any point, but is most common in the third trimester.
If you do experience upper back pain during pregnancy you can use ice, heat, or massage to relieve symptoms. I have found that doing prenatal yoga (at least twice a week but more is better) has kept my back pain away. I have included another blog article below for you to look at which discusses the back pain in both the lower and upper back after delivery.


I have this upper right back pain for about 2 weeks now and struggling to sleep at night as. Now that I am 16 weeks pregnant and finally starting to show signs of life in my stomach region, I thought it would be fun to document my experiences and changes over the next several months.
So yes, for a while at least this running, triathlon, adventure blog of mine is going to have some pregnancy related posts each week.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: Yesterday, I had a quick memory lapse and when walking by a mirror did a double take of how big my stomach was.
The donut addiction is like my bagel addiction , although it has definitely waned in the 2nd trimester – haven’t had one for a week at least!
Though pregnancy may not be in my near future, I love reading pregnancy-related blog posts. And while I try to steer clear of things with ingredients like saccharin and aspartame while with child, somehow non-caffeinated beverages like root beer or anything with lemon-lime flavoring — high-fructose corn syrup be damned — doesn’t seem to weigh too heavily on my conscience. But the way I see it, I’ll hurt my unborn baby more if I don’t get any sleep than if I sleep on my stomach for a few minutes each night while falling asleep.
It is recommended that pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, sleep on their side. I love that you admonish pregnant women not to take their pain for granted and see a physician when necessary. I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers doing this recently (Julie, Tiffany, and Nicole) and thought it would be a good way to focus more on the present each week and the little things like food cravings and special moments that make this pregnancy of mine magical.


First, as pregnancy progresses, the growing size of the baby and the uterus shifts the center of gravity forward placing increased pressure on the muscles in the back. Placing a pillow between the knees and under the abdomen can help to maintain a neutral spine with sleeping. Even though I know pregnant women are supposed to eat the wild variety, it’s just so bloody expensive.
Secondly, a woman can gain 25-30% of their body weight in a relatively short period of time, which also places increased stress on the muscles in the back. Upper back pain during pregnancy can be successfully treated, which can improve the quality of your pregnancy and make your post-partum recovery and transition easier. When this occurs there is less inherent stability in the pelvis and back, which causes the muscle to work harder, and sometimes this increased demand on the muscles can cause muscle spasm. Lastly, the enlargement of breast tissue during pregnancy can alter posture and increase strain on the neck, shoulders, and thoracic spine.



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