Loosening of the pelvic joints during your pregnancy — not to mention moving, lifting, standing, sitting, or sleeping in an awkward position — can put extra stress on your back while you’re pregnant.
Although back pain often improves on its own, there are some safe, easy ways to help you feel better faster.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your practitioner if your back doesn’t feel better after a week.
Call your practitioner if:
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs you can buy without a doctor’s prescription. This doesn’t mean that OTC medicines are harmless. Like prescription medicines, OTCs can be very dangerous for children if not taken the right way.
Be sure to read the package instructions on these medicines carefully. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before giving OTC medicines to young children.
Here are some safety tips for parents and other caregivers:
Giving the right amount
Storing medicines safely
Using cough and cold medicines
Studies show that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines don’t work very well. Some of these medicines can cause problems if used too much. These medicines don’t cure the cold or cough. And they don’t help your child get better faster.
Use these medicines exactly as your doctor says and keep them out of children’s reach.
Finding the right doctor for you is important. Whether you’re with Kaiser Permanente or not, this video about a busy mom could help you know what to look for.