Back pain is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy particularly expressed in early pregnancy and third trimester. There are quite a few things you can do to manage and alleviate this type of pain, from doing certain gentle exercises to visiting a chiropractor.
Chiropractors are well trained to treat back pain during pregnancy, especially those who are knowledgeable and experienced at treating pregnant women, can be one of the best sources of relief during this time.
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Pregnancy causes a forward shift in your center of gravity, which places additional strain on your joints. This is often felt most noticeably in the lower back.
The further along in pregnancy you are, the more stress is placed on your back and joints, which can increase the severity of your discomfort.
While the most common recommendation given to pregnant women is to rest and take it easy, certain exercises can actually be beneficial.
Complete inactivity is not the optimal solution, as this can cause an overall decline in fitness that can be challenging to overcome once the baby is born. Most modern health experts recommend gentle exercise for pregnant women.
Exercises and Other Tips For Pregnant Women
While vigorous exercise should be avoided during pregnancy, there are many safe types of exercise that can help reduce back pain and other common aches and pains experienced during pregnancy.
One thing that should be kept in mind during this time is that pregnancy affects your sense of balance, so you should be especially careful when moving around.
Some tips that are recommended for pregnant women include:
- Gentle Exercise -Walking is ideal because it’s completely amenable to your condition. That is, you can walk as slow or fast or for as long as you feel comfortable. Swimming is a low impact exercise that’s very good for the whole body. If there’s a fitness center in your area with a swimming pool they might even have aquatic exercise classes for pregnant women. Another good form of exercise to consider is yoga. Gentle yoga is an excellent way to maintain fitness during pregnancy. Many yoga schools have special classes for pregnant women.
- Maintain Good Posture and Comfortable Positions -It’s also important to watch your posture when walking, sitting or standing. Don’t remain in uncomfortable positions for any length of time, such as sitting at a desk. You may have to make adjustments to your chair or the position of your computer when you’re pregnant to accommodate your condition. Take frequent breaks from sitting in one position.
- Pay Attention to Your Sleeping Position -You should always sleep on your side, as sleeping on your back or stomach is likely to cause discomfort. It can help to sleep with a full length body pillow.
How Chiropractors Can Help
Your doctor will likely tell you that back pain is normal during pregnancy. While this is true, it doesn’t make you feel any better. Though your doctor might suggest gentle pain relievers, this is also a time when you want to avoid taking strong medication of any kind. A chiropractor, meanwhile, can provide natural pain relief.
Most back pain experienced during pregnancy is of a very specific type -a condition known as sacroiliac dysfunction, also known as SI joint pain. This can cause leg as well as lower back pain. This is a joint located near the sacrum, close to the bottom of the spine.
The pressure of pregnancy often causes pain in this area. A chiropractic adjustment can be one of the fastest ways to find relief. In fact, in many cases a single adjustment can bring significant relief. When choosing a chiropractor, it’s important to choose one who has experience in this area.
Visiting a chiropractor can also be helpful during the time following pregnancy. It takes some time for the body to readjust to its pre-pregnancy condition. In addition to back pain, it’s common to experience a variety of joint problems and muscle tension both during and after pregnancy.
A few sessions with a chiropractor can speed up the healing process.
Going to a qualified chiropractor, along with taking other appropriate measures, can help minimize back pain during and after pregnancy.
Call Dr. Kris Dorken at Core Wellness Centre in Toronto for more information on how chiropractic can help you or someone you know at (416) 479 – 8311.