Back Labor Pain – Signs, Symptoms And Relief

Back Labor Pain

Back Labor and childbirth are two of the most physically taxing events a woman will ever go through. Many women attempt to prepare for the event by improving their health, exercising, and learning more about it. Back labor is something that many women try to avoid. Many people are unaware of the alternatives and treatments available for back labor – a widespread ailment.

Causes, Complications, And Prevention Of Back Labor Pain

Causes, Complications, and Prevention of Back Labor Pain

Back labor refers to the pain and discomfort experienced by laboring women in their lower back. Although most women may experience back pain or cramps at some time, roughly a quarter of women describe significant discomfort in the lower back that is most intense during back contractions and often bothersome between contractions. It is frequently accompanied by an inconsistent contraction pattern, labor that moves slowly, and a protracted pushing stage.

What Is Back Labor And How Does Back Labor Feel?

How does back labor feel


Back labor is characterized by severe discomfort in your lower back that worsens with each contraction and does not generally lessen as the labor progresses. As the big day comes, your doctor will try to figure out which way your baby is facing. If you need to know right now, search for these hints:

  • The belly may feel rigid and smooth when your baby is anterior (facing your back). (That’s the back of your baby)
  • Because your baby’s arms and legs are facing forward while he or she is posterior (looking toward your stomach), your belly may appear flatter and softer. (There is no such thing as a firm, smooth back to feeling)

How Can You Know The Difference Between Back Labor And Back Pain?

difference between back labor and back pain

Back labor is a frequent pregnant complaint, with the weight of your developing uterus moving your weight forward and the pregnancy hormone relaxin relaxing your joints. It usually begins in the second to the third trimester and worsens as the pregnancy proceeds. Normal pregnant back pain causes your lower back and upper hips to feel achy, tight, or sore all of the time.

Back labor, on the other hand, is characterized by significantly more acute back pain that begins throughout childbirth. While you may experience persistent back labor pain until you give birth, you will most likely note that it worsens during back contractions and visibly diminishes between contractions.

What Can You Do To Alleviate The Agony Of Back Labor?

alleviate the agony of back labor

If your baby is still in the up position when you go into labor, you have many alternatives for back labor pain relief:

Consider Getting An Epidural

There’s no need to put off getting an epidural simply because you’re in back labor, especially if you’re in a lot of pain. You may require a greater dose of medication than usual for complete pain relief, so consult with your Anesthesiologist.

Inquire About Additional Pain-Relief Choices

Discuss the use of narcotics for back pain treatment with your anesthesiologist. According to some studies, sterile water injections may be very beneficial in easing back labor discomfort. (It’s exactly what it sounds like: a sterile water injection beneath the skin at certain trigger sites in the lower back.)

Reduce The Strain

Feel down on your hands and knees (if your arms get tired, rest your head and shoulders on a pillow on the ground) or kneel against a birthing ball. These postures protect your baby’s strong tiny head from pressing against your spine.

Change Your Position

Check to see if walking, kneeling, crouching, or bending over helps relieve the discomfort. Choose the least painful and most comfortable posture for you.

Place Yourself In The Spider Pose

When lying down, make sure to stay on your side because resting on your back increases the pressure (and therefore the pain). The spider pose is frequently recommended by experts. Lie on your side, almost on your belly. Maintain a well-rounded back with your bottom leg extended and your top leg bent up toward your belly and supported by a cushion.

Alternate Between Hot And Cold

A heating pad, an ice pack, or warm/cold compresses can be applied to your back by your labor coach. Alter the temperature between hot and cold, or choose whichever degree you find most relaxing.

Apply Some Pressure

Apply strong pressure to your lower back (using your practitioner’s knuckles or even a golf ball) where you’re experiencing the greatest pain. To relieve skin irritation, apply a lotion or oil.

Try Reflexology

This entails having your birthing partner apply hard pressure exactly underneath the middle of the ball of the foot with a finger. This acupressure technique is supposed to aid in the relief of back pain.

Make Use Of The Double Hip Squeeze

During back contractions, ask your spouse or practitioner to provide firm pressure to your hips while you lean forward onto something, which may assist relieve the agony.

Consider Hydrotherapy

Relax in a warm tub (if permitted and your labor room includes a birthing tub) or take a shower with the shower head aimed at your lower back.

Use Other Pain Management Methods

If you’re familiar with natural labor pain reduction methods such as meditation or Self-Hypnosis, they’re absolutely worth a go and can typically alleviate some of the discomforts.


If your baby remains in the face-up position throughout the second stage of labor and your labor is taking too long, your practitioner may attempt to physically turn your baby. Otherwise, you may be able to deliver your baby while still facing your stomach, or your doctor may recommend a C-section. Though back labor might be excruciatingly painful, the good news is that it will end as soon as you give delivery. And the pain will seem well worth it once you see your gorgeous new baby.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Back Labor Be Prevented?

Unfortunately, you can’t prevent it, however, you can relieve it by trying some helpful positions.

Does Back Labor Hurt My Baby?

No, it doesn’t.

When Does Back Labor Start?

It may start earlier sometimes but mostly it will begin when you are in active labor.

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Keren Smooth

Hi, my name is Keren Smooth. My friends LaTarsha Holdenton and Renae Reinardy forced me to start Blogging under the company name “K2babycare” to share my knowledge of parenting with other Moms, to become a better Mom tomorrow than today.

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