Starting a family is magnificent and beautiful thing.
During pregnancy lots of changes happen to the body and as a chiropractor, I’m going to concentrate on lower back pain.
There are many things which can help relieve symptoms of pregnancy related back pain. Not every woman will develop back pain during pregnancy but you are more likely to suffer from it if you have had back pain in the past or suffered with Pelvic Girdle Pain during a previous pregnancy.
Chiropractic care is considered safe during pregnancy and has been recognised by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
So what causes back pain during pregnancy and how can chiropractic help?
There are three joints which make up the pelvis - two sacro-illiac joints (SI joints) at the back and one pubic symphysis joint at the front.
In order to give birth, these joints become looser so they are able to move more. These extra movements can contribute to pain and discomfort in the low back for the mother.
As your baby grows, you grow as well. This leads to a change in how you carry yourself and your posture.
Posture is SO important; it helps keep your spine and pelvis moving effectively. With the increasing size of your bump, the more your lower back will curve to carry the weight; this puts excess pressure on your spinal joints that can lead to pain.
Chiropractic can help relieve pain by helping joints move as best as they can and by releasing built up tension in the joints and muscles of the low back. The best thing to do is to have a consultation with your chiropractor, so that they can work out what treatment plan is best for you. Treatment techniques for pregnancy related lower back pain include spinal manipulation, blocking, soft tissue therapy, exercises, and ergonomic advice.
What happens after giving birth?
For many women, especially if it’s your first pregnancy, the pain usually subsides relatively quickly after birth whether it’s a natural birth or C-section. This doesn’t mean that your joints are necessarily back to moving how they should be so it’s important to have a re-examination check up with your chiropractor to double check.
We are always here if you would like any advice about pregnancy related back pain, so don't suffer in silence, give us a call!