During pregnancy your body goes through an amazing amount of changes—physically, emotionally, and chemically—from the moment of conception. One of those common changes many women experience during pregnancy is low back pain.
Low back pain during pregnancy can be due to many different factors, but one of the main reasons is because of the new postural changes you're experiencing. As your baby bump grows, this gradually pulls your center of gravity forward, requiring more effort from your spine and back muscles to keep you upright. These compensations and changes in your posture put extra stress on different areas of your spine and nervous system, leading to back pain and backaches.
Your change in hormones during pregnancy can also be contributing to your low back pain. Relaxin is a hormone your body releases during pregnancy so your joints and ligaments can soften, giving your body, and especially your pelvis, the opportunity to expand in preparation for your growing baby. The softening of these joints and ligaments may lead to discomfort or low back pain as well.
So what can you do to ease your low back pain?
Seek out a prenatal chiropractor trained in the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment used on women during pregnancy. Prenatal chiropractors have additional training to make sure both you and your baby are receiving the best and most comfortable care during your pregnancy. Dr. Kasey with Connected Family Chiropractic is certified and passionate about prenatal chiropractic care.
Be conscious of your posture, especially during early pregnancy. When your uterus extends above your belly button, it will become more difficult to adjust your posture, but speak with your chiropractor about specific changes you can make.
Sleep with a pillow between your knees. Sleep on your side with your knees bent, and place a pillow between your knees and ankles. This will keep your pelvis in alignment while you sleep.
Ditch the high heels. Those high-heeled shoes are creating unwanted changes in your posture as well, so it’s time to harness your supportive, low-heeled shoes.
Try a support belt. A support belt designed to go around your pelvis can benefit many moms during pregnancy. Speak with your chiropractor about whether this is a good option for you.
Stay fit. A specific prenatal exercise program may keep your back strong and ward off any back pain during pregnancy. Make sure to confirm with your healthcare provider when starting a new exercise program during pregnancy.
If you’re struggling with low back pain during pregnancy, call Connected Family Chiropractic today and see if we can help—507.895.8100—or schedule an appointment online.