Lower back pain during pregnancy can be more than a sore back. The lower back muscle strains of pregnancy are what many new mothers often experience. Research shows about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. It should not come as a surprise since the average weight gain of 11-16 kilograms, including the baby’s weight, adds a significant amount of weight in the front of the spine. If you have a pre-existing lower back pain condition before pregnancy such as a facet syndrome, then your chance of having lower back pain is much higher.
The best way to understand how lower back pain occurs during pregnancy is to visualize the posture that you now have with the bigger belly in front of you. Your entire weight is now off set to the front, your pelvis is now shifted anterior. So how does that cause back pain? As your pelvis shifts forward your lower back spine now specifically the facet joint can have more stress. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is pushed farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing additional loads of stress on the spinal disks. If you have lower back pain during late pregnancy, when the growing baby’s head presses down on a woman’s spine, legs and buttocks, it could lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica. In other words, not only will you have it in the back, but the pain may run down the buttock and legs.
In this article, we will talk about how we at Lifesystems Chiropractic can help your lower back pain during pregnancy. Preferably if you don’t have back pain, it is best to get a checkup to make sure if your pelvis including your sacrum is properly aligned. An more aligned pelvic bowl is going to allow more space for the baby and promote smoother delivery. Oftentimes, a chiropractic pre-pregnancy tune-up will also help alleviate pregnancy discomfort after childbirth.
Should you already have back pain during your pregnancy now, then fret not. We provide gentle yet effective treatment all the way through the third trimester of your pregnancy. Most experience back pain relief during the first to second treatment. Also we NEVER take x-rays for lower back pain in pregnant women as this can harm your precious baby. Our analysis includes leg length analysis and Webster’s Technique analysis aimed to gently realign the spine and pelvis.
If you are one of those mothers-to-be who are conscious about avoiding the use of medications during your pregnancy, you will be glad to know you can be back pain-free during the full term of your pregnancy. Many pregnant women have found that adjustments at Lifesystems Chiropractic help not only to provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy, but a greater sense of well-being and energy. Like in any condition, take a preventive approach and let up help you toward a safer and happier pregnancy.