Back pain after a difficult delivery

causes-back-pain__largeYou may experience back pain after a difficult delivery, caesarean section, a long second stage, if your baby was back to back (OP) or an assisted delivery with forceps or ventouse.

Back pain may be immediate or may start approximately six weeks after delivery.

The pelvis needs to open approximately 6cm during delivery. If the baby is not in a good position or there is a long second stage, the sacrum or coccyx can often be held down or injured.

A healthcare professional can give you exercises to strengthen your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which help to support the back.

If you know that your delivery was difficult, you should seek treatment from an osteopath within 2-3 weeks after delivery.

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