Pregnancy is a different physiological state. It takes the aches, pains and discomforts we’ve experienced because of previous injury or aging and exacerbates them. Low back pain can happen at several different points of a pregnancy, but if it’s been a problem for you in the past, it’s more likely to be an issue for you while you’re pregnant. Chiropractic care from Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville can help alleviate your lower back pain and give you the tools and advice to stay comfortable throughout pregnancy.
Adjustments can help with certain types of non-hormonal low back pain, but the best medicine is movement.
From Birthfit to the Lotus Method, our Fayetteville team can recommend a program that caters to women at all stages of pregnancy.
We’ll work with moms-to-be on techniques and exercises to prevent low back and other common pains associated with pregnancy.
Low back pain during pregnancy is often caused by a previous injury. If a woman was already experiencing back pain before pregnancy, the pain is exacerbated around weeks 24 or 25. If she had a previous pelvic or low back injury, low back pain may begin 15-20 weeks into the pregnancy. It’s also difficult to separate injury from a general history of athleticism, so women who have played sports are at greater risk of low back pain during pregnancy.
Previous injuries to the low back or pelvis
Previous low back pain
History of athleticism in sports where ligaments are stretched, particularly gymnasts, tennis and soccer players, ice skaters, and dancers
Lower back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy due to a lot of different factors. Low back pain can be caused by the position of your baby in the womb, weight gain, changes to your posture, and a shift in gravity to name a few.
By getting regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, your body will get accustomed to the rapid weight gain instead of putting too much pressure on certain areas of the back. This will prevent strains and relieve back pain for women throughout their pregnancy along with a host of other benefits like improved sleep and mood.
We must keep your body in the proper alignment because of the changes that occur during pregnancy which can alter the alignment of the spine and joints. These changes can cause back pain along with issues with your posture.
Chiropractic adjustments will keep the pelvis and lower back in alignment to prevent low back pain. We will also work with you to develop exercises that will relieve discomfort, which you can do at home.
Yes, chiropractic care is perfectly safe throughout pregnancy. Chiropractors are specially trained in how to cater to pregnant women and treat specific pregnancy-related pain in the back and neck.
In fact, many women reap an array of benefits from seeing a chiropractor during their pregnancy because it can help relieve their pain, improve mobility, prevent delivery complications, and reduce feelings of nausea.
One of the biggest benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy is the prevention of intrauterine constraint which can cause birth defects. This happens due to pelvic misalignment which restricts your baby's space in the womb, therefore restricting their movement.
We can re-establish the proper balance between your pelvis and spine alignment so this doesn't happen. This also encourages your baby to be in the optimal birth position, which is face down in the rear position. Without a balanced pelvis, your baby could be facing the wrong way and require a more invasive delivery such as a cesarean section.
The good news is that studies have shown pregnant women experiencing pain relief after seeking chiropractic treatment in less than 5 days. No adverse reactions were observed and it has been deemed perfectly safe for mother and baby.
If you are experiencing back pain during pregnancy, you don’t have to continue to suffer. It is likely caused by your body position and alignment, which are all aspects that can be adjusted and manipulated to feel more comfortable.
At Thrive Wellness Center, we treat pregnant women all the time to help ease the process of carrying a baby to term. If you’re looking to relieve your discomfort, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.