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Now that I am well on my way into my sixth pregnancy, the back pain is starting. I’ve had issues with back pain during all of my pregnancies, and the longer into the pregnancy I go, the worse the back pain gets. Sometimes just standing in church long enough to open in prayer gets to be too much for me.
I honestly thought there wasn’t much I could do about it. At least that’s what my doctors told me. “Stay off your feet as much as you can.” “Take Tylenol for the pain.” But none of their “tips” ever seem to help.
Recently, I was introduced to the Dr. Scholl’s Pain Relief Orthotics. It’s a full line of shoe inserts that are clinically proven to provide relief from aches and pains in the foot and lower body. The best part is their results are guaranteed, or you get your money back! It’s an easy, non-medicated (read: safe for pregnancy!) solution that allows those suffering from foot, back, knee, and arthritis pain to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
I’ve been using the Dr. Scholl’s Back Pain Relief inserts for a few weeks now, and I *love* them. I ended up going out and purchasing a second pair so that I could keep one pair in my tennis shoes and put the other pair in my dress shoes for church. Already I’ve noticed a big difference when it comes to standing for any length of time. It’s wonderful! The inserts have these comfort springs and shock guards in them that actually eliminate the shock each step can take. If I hadn’t been wearing these the night we went to Disney on Ice, I probably wouldn’t have been able to move off the couch the next day.
I also love how reasonably priced they are. At just $10.99, it’s a small price to pay for the amount of relief you receive. (It’s barely more than a bottle of Tylenol!)
I am super impressed with Dr. Scholl’s Back Pain Relief Inserts and will continue to use them throughout the rest of my pregnancy. (And beyond! Babies can be heavy and hurt your back, too!) I would highly recommend these inserts to any new mom or mom to be that is fighting back pain when she walks.
Dr. Scholl’s products are available nationwide at most food, drug, and mass retailers. More information about the full line of Dr. Scholl’s Pain Relief Orthotics can be found online at www.drscholls.com.
Before I get to the giveaway, I wanted to share some back pain relief tips with you. I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Leslie Campbell a few questions, and I wanted to give you her answers. First, you’ll find Dr. Campbell’s details and credentials, and then you’ll find my questions and her answers:
Leslie Campbell, DPM is currently on staff at the Presbyterian Hospitals in Plano and Allen, TX and a practicing podiatrist at the Plano Physician’s Group in Plano. Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, she is one of the country’s leading experts in podiatric biomechanics, with a special interest in pediatric biomechanics. With close to 20 years of experience, Dr. Campbell is an authority on a variety of foot- related topics pertaining to men, women, and children, including podiatric surgery, orthotics, proper footwear selection, and numerous podiatric complications and treatments.
1. Are there simple exercises moms-to-be can do to help prevent back pain?
2. Are heating pads, rub-on-creams, or those Thermacare (or something similar) heat wraps safe to use in pregnancy? Do they help relieve back pain, or is there a better way.
3. What’s the cause for back pain in pregnancy?
1. Are there simple exercises moms-to-be can do to help prevent back pain?· Consult with your physician prior to initiating any exercise regimen. Once you have received permission from your health care provider, start an exercise program designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the back and legs including the abdominal muscles. Stretch gently because stretching too quickly can place further stress on the joints typically made loose by pregnancy. During the second and third trimesters, avoid exercise that involves lying flat on your back as this decreases blood flow to the womb. Weight training should emphasize improving tone, especially in the upper body and abdominal area. Avoid lifting weights above your head and using weights that strain the lower back muscles. Avoid any high impact aerobics or overstretching and discontinue any exercise if back pain occurs.· Additional exercises include:i. Swimming is a great exercise because it strengthens both the abdominal muscles and the lower back and the buoyancy of the water reduces stress on the joints and ligaments. Prenatal aquatics classes (water aerobics) may be helpful in reducing back pain. Other non-weight bearing exercises that are considered safe are the stationary bike and arm exercises. Pregnancy yoga and Kegel exercises are also recommended.ii. Walking: If you walked daily before pregnancy, there is a good likelihood that this great exercise can be continued throughout the first half of your pregnancy. As pregnancy continues, weight gain and ligamentous laxity occur, predisposing women to heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Wear comfortable exercise footwear that provides adequate support. Wearing an over the counter insole such as Dr. Scholl’s Pain Relief Orthotics may reduce stress on the joints, reducing lower body joint pain. The PRO line is clinically proven to provide immediate and all day relief of tired achy feet.1. Remember to avoid walking on uneven terrain or unstable ground since the joints become more lax in pregnancy and ankle sprains and other injuries may occur. The shift in body weight during pregnancy can affect posture and increase the likelihood of stumbling or falling, so wear supportive shoes and avoid excessive heel heights (>2 inches).· As for stretching, I recommend the following:i. Standing up straight: This helps to reduce strain on the spine.ii. Sitting up straight: Support of the feet on a foot stool reduces lower back (lumbar) pain and incorporating a lumbar roll to support the back is helpful.2. Are heating pads, rub-on-creams, or those Thermacare (or something similar) heat wraps safe to use in pregnancy? Do they help relieve back pain, or is there a better way?· For relief, I suggest the following techniques:o Heat or cold: Some women find that relaxing in a warm tub or placing a warm hot water bottle on the affected area may provide temporary relief.o Relaxation Techniques: Relaxation may help in reducing discomfort. Include relaxation and stretching before and after your exercise program.o Ask your physician regarding the use of any topical analgesic cream, heat modalities such as Thermacare or heating pads.3. What’s the cause for back pain in pregnancy?· Growth of the uterus and hormonal changes in pregnancy may cause back pain. As the uterus expands, it shifts the center of gravity, stretches out and weakens the abdominal muscles which changes posture and places strain on the back. Hormonal changes loosen the joints and ligaments that attach the pelvis to the spine. This can cause pain when walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods. Weight gain during pregnancy produces increased stress on the joints and often increased pain in the back as the day wears on. You are more likely to experience back pain in pregnancy if you have had a previous history of back pain and if you have led a sedentary lifestyle prior to pregnancy.
Now, let’s get to the giveaway! I can give away 3 pairs of Dr. Scholl’s Back Pain Relief inserts to the first 3 people to correctly answer this question:
- How many bones are in your foot?
I will close the giveaway once I have 3 winners and will post the answer in this same post.
Please note: Contest is for USA residents only.
Disclaimer: I was contacted by a member of the Edelman National Health Media Team on behalf of Dr. Scholl’s. I received the necessary products to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this review.