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What Causes Back Pain during Pregnancy? How to Treat Pain Safely?

Back Pain during PregnancyWhile nausea, fatigue, and swollen feet are common during pregnancy, most women also experience back pain at some points and the pain typically affects the lower back. Pregnant women experience back pain, usually starting in the second half of pregnancy. This back pain can be the result of weight gain, strain on the back muscles, posture changes, abdominal muscle weakness, hormone changes, muscle separation and emotional stress. To get rid of back pain, most women consider non-surgical interventions such as physical therapy or even weight loss programs in Brooklyn that are customized for pregnant women.

What causes back pain during pregnancy?

During this period, your lower back curves more than usual to accommodate the growing uterus – resulting in strained muscles, soreness, stiffness and pain. Pregnant women also tend to experience pelvic joint issues, sacroiliac joint problems, and discomfort in the hips and feet. Pregnancy back pain occurs at the spot where the pelvis meets your spine, at the sacroiliac joint. Severe back pain may also be related to problems such as pregnancy-associated osteoporosis, vertebral osteoarthritis, or septic arthritis. Even though 50% of all women report some type of back pain during pregnancy, only 21% of pregnant women seek a consultation for this discomfort.

To prevent pain in the lower back, pregnant women should avoid lifting heavy loads, practice good posture, watch their weight, sleep on a firm mattress, and include physical activity in their daily routine.

While traditional treatments ranging from prescription medications to surgery all have an adverse effect on the fetus, diverse non-pharmaceutical approaches are available to aid the pregnant woman through the variety of hormonal and physiological changes that occur as the body is preparing for a developing baby. Myofascial relaxation techniques can address this back pain by aiding in the reduction of pain and tension. This treatment will also focus on the contracted muscles that cause both hip pain and balance issues.

Other non-invasive gentle techniques include a combination of massage, chiropractic care, and gentle stretching procedures. You can also prevent or ease back pain during pregnancy with

  • Regular exercise
  • Heat and cold applications to your back
  • Pain medications like Acetaminophen (Tylenol) that are safe during pregnancy

When performed correctly, chiropractic manipulation of the spine can be safe during pregnancy. A chiropractic evaluation at HealthQuest during this time is a safe and effective method of treating the common musculoskeletal symptoms that many pregnant patients encounter.

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