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Back Pain/Discomfort in Pregnancy: Invisible and Forgotten

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This paper is a comprehensive literature review of original research on the nature of back pain/discomfort in pregnancy. The causes of back pain/discomfort in pregnancy are reviewed and discussed, and the clinical manifestations and implications are explored. This analysis revealed that approximately 50% of pregnant women experience back pain/discomfort with little or no intervention from their health care providers. Thus, back pain/discomfort in pregnancy seems to be invisible and forgotten in contemporary antenatal care. Evidence-based guidelines are provided for both women and health professionals as a way of increasing attention to the prevention of unnecessary back pain/discomfort during pregnancy.

Keywords: antenatal assessment; back pain and discomfort; pregnancy

Document Type: Standard Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812401X88002

Affiliations: 1: CONNIE GREENWOOD is the Liason Midwife for the GP/Shared Care Antenatal Program at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. 2: COLLEEN STAINTON is Professor and Clinical Chair of Women's Health Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing at the University of Sydney and at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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