Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Prenatal_BackPainIt is easy to understand that low back pain during pregnancy is a common complaint women have.  A growing baby will have an impact on a woman’s center of gravity and cause some strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints of her body. It can cause fixation of spinal joints and If you already have a history of back pain pregnancy will probably exacerbate it.  The best way to manage back pain during pregnancy is to build up your core strength before you get pregnant but if you are already past that point you have a limited number of options. Drug therapies are limited to over the counter medication Tylenol or acetaminophen and should be used sparingly.  Remember that everything you take the baby gets too, that includes most drugs. Since most cases of low back pain during pregnancy resolve after delivery care such as injections, surgery, and physical therapy are not commonly performed. How then can you manage low back pain during pregnancy?

One thing to be mindful of is your posture.  If you work to maintain good upright posture whether you are sitting or standing you can reduce strain on your muscles, ligaments and joints and therefore reduce your pain.  Good posture is where you have you head centered over your shoulders, your shoulders centered over you pelvis and your pelvis centered over your feet.  Exercise regularly is another great thing to do during your pregnancy.  My wife has had three children so I know there are days a pregnant woman will not feel like doing anything including exercise but trying to fit it in somewhere into your weekly routine will go a long way to reduce your back pain.  Exercise should include stretching and some sort of cardiovascular activity even if it is just walking around the block. As long as your physician okays you for more strenuous exercise including running and strength training I say go for it if that is what you like. I know of women that have done cross fit well into the last weeks of their pregnancy. Massage, heat, and cold therapy also may work to relieve low back pain during pregnancy.

Chiropractic care can be the best thing you can do for low back pain during pregnancy and I am not saying that because I am a chiropractor. If you do a search for low back pain during pregnancy seeing a chiropractor is an option mentioned all over the internet from the rarest baby blog to the Mayo Clinic’s website.  Precisely because pregnant women have fewer options many obstetricians will recommend chiropractic care for back pain during pregnancy.  Over the past few years we have seen a number of pregnant patients who were refereed here by their obstetrician.  There are numerous studies that show chiropractic care is safe and effective for low back pain during pregnancy and a few studies that conclude that chiropractic care is your best option.  Our care is a balance between improving joint motion through adjusting, increasing flexibility through stretching, and restoring core stability.  This type of care is most effective for all joint issues including spinal joints. Each patient we see is unique including our pregnant patients as such we tailor make care plans based on their individual concerns and needs.

The best way to combat low back pain during pregnancy is to prevent it by improving your flexibility and core stability before you get pregnant. It is recommended to start taking prenatal vitamins if you are trying to get pregnant it should equally be recommended to exercise in order to get your body in good physical condition.  Go to the gym, take a class, or even come see us we can help you build a program to get your body ready for pregnancy.

Whether you already have back pain during your pregnancy or tying to prepare your body for pregnancy, we can help you.

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