In the biggest baby boom since 1972, last year saw British births rise off the scale to 729,674. But with between 50-75% of women experiencing back pain at some point during their pregnancy, over 365,000 mums to be could be heading into pregnancy with the prospect of potentially painful back troubles as they prepare for the birth of their baby.
The NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs, but Simplyhealth, the UK’s biggest health cash plan provider, warn that mums’ over reliance on ‘Dr Google’ coupled with a focus on other more common pregnancy side effects, can mean that back pain is often ignored, escalates, and starts to cause pain well beyond birth too. The condition, dubbed ‘Baby Back’ by Simplyhealth and experts at the charity BackCare, have created The Simplyhealth BackCare App, a free App designed to offer much needed help and advice on pregnancy pain relief for ‘Baby Back’ sufferers.
The App provides an aid to the management of back pain that for those that are pregnant cannot otherwise be met through the usual medications. Topical stretch mark creams and anti nausea aids are readily available but the advice around pain relief for those that are pregnant is far stricter.
The Medicines and Healthcare (Product) Regulatory Agency advises that traditional painkillers such as Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NASIDs) should not be used in the first two trimesters of pregnancy unless “the potential benefit to the patient outweighs the potential risk to the foetus.” Further advice suggests that NSAIDs should not be used at all in the third trimester unless on the advice of a doctor.
At the heart of the pain is the fact that, during pregnancy, the female body gains an average of two and half stones in weight – the equivalent of carrying around a 3 year old infant all day and all night.
Full press release published on simplyhealth.co.uk