PAIN DURING PREGNANCY
Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy
There are plenty of reasons that make back pain a common complaint during pregnancy. As your baby grows, the abdomen begins to push forward to accommodate him or her, which increases the load and stress on the ligaments, tissues, and joints of the lower back and pelvis. Along with mechanical stress on these structures, new surges in hormones causes the area to relax and loosen which can cause your body to shift and lead to instability and eventually pain. Sometimes the position of your baby will also put tension or pressure on the sciatic nerve, leading to pain in your buttocks, hip, or leg.
Pain During Pregnancy that Chiropractors Can Treat
When you’re pregnant, you don’t have all the typical options like over the counter pain relievers available to help. Fortunately, chiropractic care is a great option for addressing musculoskeletal complaints during this time and is also a natural approach that’s not going to harm you or your baby. Below is a list of conditions that Dr. Brianna has experience treating in pregnant women:
- Round ligament pain – This pain manifests as groin pain because as your round ligaments stretch and can make it difficult to rise from a seated position.
- Pregnancy-related low back pain – As your pelvis expands to accommodate the baby, your lumbar curve also increases putting more load on the joints in your low back and sometimes leads to pain and muscular fatigue.
- Mid-back and upper back pain related to pregnancy – A woman’s breasts also start to enlarge during pregnancy and can cause fatigue in the tissues around your spine, sometimes leading to back pain you never experienced prior to pregnancy.
While this is not a complete list, it covers the most common conditions that arise during pregnancy and respond well to chiropractic treatments. If you have pregnancy pain that’s not discussed here, feel free to call our Cary chiropractic office and ask one of our chiropractic physicians if they can help.
Chiropractic Care to Help with an Easier and Natural Birth
As you get closer to your due date, nervousness and anxiety about the birthing experience can grow. Some women find that chiropractic care during their pregnancy not only helps with back pain and round ligament pain but helps better prepare them for an easier birthing experience. Dr. Brianna works hand in hand with your midwife or OBGYN to ensure the best possible experience for you, and chiropractic care during pregnancy is a great option to consider if you’re striving for a more natural birth.
Chiropractic Care for a Breech Positioned Baby
Sometimes pregnant women are striving for a natural birth with minimal interventions, but their baby may be in a breech position. This is frustrating because most birthing centers will not deliver a breech baby, and your doctor will likely suggest a cesarian section. Sometimes manual cephalic version is attempted by a medical doctor to physically turn the baby to the head down position.
Another option to consider is the Webster Chiropractic Technique. This chiropractic technique can help with pelvic alignment, balance muscles/ligaments, and reduce torsion of the uterus which may facilitate the baby to move into the head down position. If you’ve recently found out that your baby is in a breech position and have more questions on how Dr. Brianna may be able to help feel free to give our Cary chiropractic office a call or schedule an appointment.