Pregnancy Back Pain
Becoming pregnant can be a very exciting, yet fearful, time. Many changes start to take place, some of which can cause discomfort for you daily. It is very common to experience back pain during pregnancy and may effect at least half of all women who become pregnant. Suffering from back pain could possibly reduce the joy that this experience could be and medications could cause harmful side effects for you or your unborn child. Luckily, there is an all-natural treatment option for your back pain.
Pregnancy and Back Pain
Your body is experiencing many changes when you are pregnant, some of which can lead to back pain. There are several things that happen that may cause your pregnancy-related back pain:
- Stress tends to affect the weakest section of your body during pregnancy, and due to your body’s changes, this becomes the lower back
- Your posture and center of gravity changes to accommodate the growing baby in your belly
- You back has to start accommodating the growing weight of the baby
- The joint located within the pelvis shift and loosen in preparation for the birth process.
The spine is working to adapt to these changes taking place, however, sometimes your spine cannot change fast enough. As some of the joints work to shift and loosen, other joints can tighten and lock in a position. Additionally the new posture you adopt due to your center of gravity shifting, you back muscles can become strained. Stress can also cause you muscles to tighten and tire out. Any of these changes can cause irritation in the nervous system around the spine.
Additionally, the weight of the growing baby can put pressure directly on nerves which results in pain.
Accommodating a Baby, But Don’t Forget Yourself
It is suggested that you take special precautions while you are pregnant, such as eating or not eating certain foods and taking prenatal vitamins. Taking care of you back should be the same –you need extra attention and chiropractic care can help immensely to reduce your pregnancy-related back pain.
All of our Top Rated Chiropractors have experience treating pregnant women reduce the effects of their pregnancy-related back pain. They understand any reservations that you may have and will take the time to answer any questions you have. Our chiropractors will first meet with you to go over a series of questions and examinations to find the source of your pregnancy-related back pain. Once they find areas of the spine that are misaligned, a treatment plan that is unique to your needs will be created. A series of gentle adjustments will occur to begin the process of restoring your spine to its proper alignment. Not everyone responds to chiropractic care the same and results are not guaranteed.
Tips and Tricks for Pregnancy
Here are some things you can do to help reduce your pregnancy-related back pain:
- Sleep on your side: The extra weight of the baby can cause irritation on nerves already experiencing pain when sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side can reduce this pain. Placing a pillow under your knees can proved additional support.
- Don’t bend over: When you bend over to pick up objects, your lower back can be strained. Rather, you should bend your knees and squat.
- Wear shoes with extra support: Shoes that have little to no support, such as flip-flops and heels, lack the support needed for the joints in your back and legs.
- Take it slow: Don’t push your body with too much activity, however, don’t shy away from activity either. Moderate amounts of activity and proper rest will keep you moving and health.
Our Top Rated Chiropractors are extensively educated and licensed. If you are considering if chiropractic care is right for treating your pregnancy-related back pain, you’ll be happy to know this treatment is safe for both you and your growing child. Pregnant women have experience relief from their pregnancy-related back pain and have found more flexibility in the uterus which helps the baby to grow with more comfort to you and the baby. This also allows for your baby to find a better position for the birthing process to move smoothly.
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