If you are pregnant, then you know that there are several discomforts and pains associated with the condition. One of the most troublesome areas for many women is the lower back and pelvis. In this blog post, we will discuss some ways to reduce pain in these regions and make your pregnancy more comfortable.
Lower back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
Lower back and pelvic pain during pregnancy is a common complaint. The added weight of the baby can put a strain on the lower back, and the hormones released during pregnancy can cause the ligaments supporting the pelvis to loosen, leading to instability and pain.
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Causes of lower back and pelvic pain
The first thing to understand is the causes of this pain. As the baby grows, it puts more pressure on the mother's spine and pelvis. This extra weight can cause the spine to curve more than usual (this is called lordosis), which in turn puts pressure on the vertebral joints, sacrum, and hip joints. This can be very painful and uncomfortable.
Tips for reducing or alleviating this pain
There are several things that pregnant women can do to reduce the pain associated with this increased stress on the lower back and pelvis. First, it is important to maintain good posture and alignment. This means standing up straight and avoiding slouching or leaning to one side. Additionally, pregnant women should avoid high heels as they can further throw off their balance and increase the stress on their lower back. Instead, opt for supportive, low-heeled shoes.
Another way to reduce the pain is to practice some simple stretching and strengthening exercises designed specifically for pregnant women. These exercises can help to stretch out the muscles in the lower back and pelvis, which can provide some relief. Additionally, strengthening the muscles in this area can help to take some of the strain off of the lower back and pelvis.
Finally, it is important to listen to your body and rest when you are feeling pain or discomfort. Taking a break from the activity and putting your feet up can help to ease the pain. If you are still experiencing pain despite these measures, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider as there may be other underlying issues causing the pain. By following these tips, you can hopefully reduce the amount of pain and discomfort that you are feeling in your lower back and pelvis. Remember to listen to your body and talk to your doctor if the pain is severe or persists, as this could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Pregnancy and chiropractic care
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is an excellent way to reduce pain in the lower back and pelvis. Chiropractic practitioners are specially trained to provide safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy. A thorough examination will determine the best treatment to address your discomfort and prepare the body for the height of pregnancy and childbirth. There are specialized adjustment methods to accommodate pregnancy. These treatments may reduce the need for pain medications throughout the delivery as well as help to reduce labor time. Follow-up treatments can assist in realigning the body after the pregnancy and speed up the transition to a healthy post-pregnancy state. If you are experiencing pain during pregnancy, be sure to consult with a chiropractic practitioner to see if this type of care is right for you.
Dr. Brittney is here to help you reach your goals and be pain-free with her expertise in the Webster Technique! She'll make sure that everything's been thought out, from the consultation all of the ways throughout the pregnancy months. In our practice, we love making people happy by living the best life possible. You can contact us to schedule an appointment and we will be happy to help you.