Pregnancy is one of the most extraordinary experiences that may occur in a woman's life. It is essential to take care of your body and growing baby during this time. Back pain is one of the most common problems during pregnancy. According to U.S. News, “50 to 70% of all women encounter back pain at some point during their pregnancy.”
As the body’s center of gravity moves forward during pregnancy, compression and pain usually starts in the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints of the pelvis. With the aid of a chiropractor, however, this pain can be greatly reduced or eliminated. It is important for women to listen to their body as it goes through a constant state of change during pregnancy and seek professional help from a chiropractor, when needed.
Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy
Relaxin is a hormone that increases during pregnancy. Relaxin helps the muscles soften and loosens ligaments and joints, especially in the pelvic area. While this helps the pelvis to widen to accommodate the growth of the baby, it can also permit bones to shift. This may cause lower back pain, sacroiliac pain as well as leg pain.
While posture is always important for optimal spine health, it is especially important during pregnancy. Be sure to pay attention to your posture particularly while sitting at a computer, watching TV, eating and relaxing. These are common situations that may compromise posture and lead to pain.
Stress is a serious health issue. According to the Mayo Clinic, “stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.” Stress can certainly exacerbate back pain during pregnancy. Be sure to focus on stress management and get advice from a medical professional if it becomes irrational.
Weight Gain and Gravity
Gaining healthy weight during pregnancy is normal to accommodate a growing baby. However, the extra weight you will gain during pregnancy contributes to bringing your center of gravity forward. This forces the lower back to compensate for the extra weight. While it is essential to gain weight during pregnancy, it is also important to eat nutritious well balanced meals
Diastasis Recti occurs frequently during pregnancy. As the uterus expands to accommodate a growing baby, the large abdominal muscles begin to separate and become weak. This may cause pain and discomfort in the abdomen, pelvis and lower back.
Auburn Chiropractic Associates will be happy to help you maintain your health as you embark on this exciting time in your life; having a baby! We are passionate about natural health care and prevention. We will partner with you in having a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. We want you to enjoy every moment of your pregnancy and not be distracted by pain. After obtaining a complete medical history and examination, we will decide on a gentle, natural treatment plan that is best for you.
Auburn Chiropractic Associates believes in providing pain relief for today and prevention for your future. We take a holistic approach to well-being rather than just focusing on a painful problem. With our individualized treatment programs, we will help you perform techniques in your day-to-day life that help to reduce your back pain.
Please contact us today at 334-826-2225 to make an appointment and let us help make your pregnancy a wonderful, healthy and pain free experience.