Back pain during pregnancy is one of the most common complaints to experience during pregnancy. It’s most common to have back pain pelvic pain during the later stage of pregnancy, but pain can start even early during your pregnancy.
At no other time in a woman’s adult life will she undergo such dramatic physical and mechanical changes in her body as she will during pregnancy.
What Causes Back Pain During Pregnancy?
There are plenty of reasons that make back pain, especially low back pain, a common complaint during pregnancy.
- As your baby grows, the abdomen begins to push forward to accommodate him or her. This increases load and stress on the ligaments, tissues, and joints of the lower back and pelvis.
- Along with mechanical stress on these structures, surges in hormones cause the area to relax and loosen. This causes your body to shift and may lead to instability and eventually pain.
- Sometimes the position of your baby puts tension or pressure on the sciatic nerve which results buttocks, hip, or leg pain.
What Pregnancy-Related Conditions Can Chiropractors Treat?
When you’re pregnant, typical options like over the counter pain relievers aren’t an option for relief. Fortunately, chiropractic care is a great option for addressing musculoskeletal complaints during this time and is also a natural and safe approach for you and your baby. Below is a list of conditions that Brianna Williams DC is experienced in treating in pregnant women:
- Round ligament pain – This pain manifests as groin pain because 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. This sometimes leads to pregnancy-related low back pain and muscle 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 spine and tissues around your spine. This often leads to back pain you may have never experienced before 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.
Can Chiropractic Care 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 helps them stay comfortable, but also helps better prepare them for an easier birthing experience.
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 your doctor may 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 if your baby isn’t turning head down is the Webster Chiropractic Technique. This chiropractic technique may help with pelvic alignment, balance of muscles/ligaments, and to reduce torsion of the uterus.