Hi I’m hoping to hear from others mums who have been in the same or similar situations. I have a disk hernia of my l4/l5 for the past almost 2 years.  The pain in my back and legs alleviated a little about 4 months or so ago after I lost a lot if weight from my first child. I am now 9 weeks pregnant with number 2 and am already starting to feel the pain in my back quiet strongly, and legs at night. I don’t have much money to see a physio every week or anything and my husband was worried about this. So I will have to suffer in silence to keep the peace. My son is 2 so lifting is also still an essential part of my daily routine as a stay at home mum. I’m just worried if I’m already in pain what is to come. I have put on 1.5kg already and trying hard to not over gain any weight. I don’t have my family or friends here to turn to. I guess I’m really hoping someone can give me some advice.


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  • If you strengthen your pelvic floor and deep transverse abdominal muscles it may help your back.
    @ 2 can your toddler be changed etc on the floor or climb onto your bed so you are at a good height. Can you train them to climb into car seat, bath etc. you will find most drs and physios will say no heavy lifting / pushing or pulling from 2nd trimester till 6 weeks post partum. The hormones on play on your body cause all the ligaments and joints to relax so you are more prone to injury at this time.
    TENS machines are good for pain relief, shiatsu therapy has certain benefits too – but it will all cost $. If you have private health insurance can claim. Some therapists will ‘barter’ for service, in Tasmania I know one who swaps her services for a hair cut, fresh meat etc. is there a service you Or your husband have to swap?
    Good luck :)


  • What about approaching a physio college and see if the final years will help for free. Or perhaps a tens machine it’s supposed to help with labour pain.


  • Sorry, should have said – the physio’s name is Robyn Kerr.


  • If you go to your GP you can get a referral (EPC) under medicare for physio treatment if the condition has been going on for more than 6 months. This referral will give you 5 treatments that will be covered by medicare. If you are on the Sunshine Coast in QLD there is a brilliant women’s health physio in Nambour – she also works one day a week in my husbands practice at Noosa Junction. Hope this helps in getting some treatment. Cheers.


  • I am currently suffering a L4/L5 injury, I also have a retroverted uterus and found being pregnant was painful, I could not use a baby papoose. I am also an RN and care for people with back injury. Ice packs and or hot packs will help with pain. Core strengthening exercises as simple as walking in a pool, waist deep water and cycling in the water will help too. Sit or lay when your back is cramping, you can do gentle floor exercises, google back strengthening/ core exercises. Have regular mild analgesia and antiinflamatories if ok with your Gynae/ Obstrition as they can increase clotting times. Tell your husband. A physio maybe avaliable for you through a pregnancy clinic.


  • 1 – Rest for 2 to 4 days to relieve herniated disc pain. Most herniated discs heal on their own. Allow your back time to heal by taking it easy. This is almost out of the question for you, however, rest as much as possible.
    2 – Strengthen your back to relieve the pressure from the herniated disc. Carefully exercise and stretch your back and legs. For sciatic pain from a herniated disc, do extension exercises or press-ups. Laying on your stomach and keeping your hips on the floor, press up as far as you can go with your arms in sets of 10.
    3 – Medicate the affected area. Start out with ibuprofen
    4 – Get a massage. Tell the massage therapist where the pain is and what it might be from. A well trained message therapist will know what has helped herniated disc clients in the past.
    I hope this helps you!


  • Try to have regular rest periods every day where you lie down for at least 10-15 mins. Also you have to try to minimize lifting your two year old. I also suffer with a very bad back and I had to stop lifting my eldest when I was having my second. Prevention is the best thing.


  • massage and pilates or yoga would be choice and heat packs at home


  • I have the same problem and have found walking every day really helps especially walking while holding your navel in and thereby strengthening your core. The other thing that gives temporary relief is a heat pack and or Elmore Oil.


  • I would go with heat packs and go to the hospital and see a public physio, that way you dont have to stress about money


  • have you tried Pilates combined with massage?


  • Definitely trips to the physio & warm pads on your back, unfortunately there’s not a lot you can do to relieve that kind of pain so I definitely do suggest the physio would be your best option, hope you start to feel better soon :)


  • The only thing I can suggest is maybe going to Physio at least once and get them to show you safe stretches that you can continue to do at home, pain relief and maybe heat pads.


  • Oh, looks like you’re in for a lot of pain with his second pregnancy. Lots of warm pads on your back to relieve pain.


  • I ruptured a disc many years ago and still have back pain constantly, I take pain relief on a daily basis for it and do find just some gentle walking will help a little. Try doing some stretches of your lower back and a heat pack or cold pack may help with your pain too.


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