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Old 10-31-2011, 12:54 AM   #1
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Bad back or back labor?

Ouch! My lower back is hurting bad! It is enough to keep me awake and I keep moving to try to find ways to relieve it but the pain just dulls and then comes back just as bad if not worse. I guess it could be anyone's guess. But ow! I have had this once before a few weeks ago and it lasted a few hours. Taking a bath of shower is not an option right now.


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Old 10-31-2011, 06:36 AM   #2
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Re: Bad back or back labor?

I've never had back labor before so I don't really know what the signs are... do you know what position your baby is in? posterior or anterior? Is the pain coming in waves or is it constant? From what I've read if it is back labor the pain will be in your lower back just above your tailbone.

If the baby is putting pressure on your spine, getting on your hands and knees and doing the "cat pose" should help

STEP 1: Start on your hands and knees. Position your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your knees directly beneath the hips. Have your fingers fully spread with the middle fingers pointing straight ahead. Make your back horizontal and flat. Gaze at the floor. This is your "neutral" positioning. When your pelvis is in neutral, your spine will be at full extension, with both the front and back sides equally long.

STEP 2: As you wait for the inner cue, do not sag into your shoulders. Instead, create a line of energy through each arm by pressing downward into your hands and lifting upward out of your shoulders. Go back and forth like this several times to make sure you understand the movement. As you exhale, sag into your shoulders and do the incorrect action; as you inhale, lengthen the arms, lift out of the shoulders and do the correct action.

STEP 3: When you are ready to begin, breathe in deeply. As you exhale, turn your hips into Cat Tilt. Do this by gently pulling the abdominal muscles backward toward the spine, tucking the tailbone (coccyx) down and under, and gently contracting the buttocks. Press firmly downward with your hands in order to stay lifted out of the shoulders, and press the middle of your back toward the ceiling, rounding your spine upward. Curl your head inward. Gaze at the floor between your knees.

Good luck, HTH!
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:09 PM   #3
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Re: Bad back or back labor?

I've also never had back labor pain, but I know DH's cousin had it and just thought she had a sore back all day. She was about to leave work(at a hospital luckily) and decided to get "checked" just in case. Sure enough she was in labor, few weeks early.......

I know I've had back pain come and go last two days, have had ctx's all week. One of the things that helps is to lay on the couch on my side, then put a firm pillow behind my lower back. After a few mins it is much better, I think just that extra support, counter pressure against my lower back.
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