Pregnancy and how it can cause pain in the back

While pregnancy is considered a wonderful time for mothers and fathers alike, it comes with its own set of regular pain and twinges that can be considered rather aggravating for expectant women as gestation progresses. Back pain in particular can be considered rather prevalent in pregnant women, and while the vast majority of expectant mothers will likely experience this type of discomfort, it doesn’t mean that they have to suffer with such pain without treatment or guidance. As your baby grows, so will pressure on certain areas of your body – but what exactly is it that causes pregnancy back pain, and how can it be avoided?

The Causes

pregnant women with her hands on her stomachAs your baby grows and as your uterus expands to accommodate them, strain will be placed upon your body in addition to the loosening of ligaments, which can arise due to changes in the level of hormones within your body. Lower back pain in particular can worsen later into pregnancy as your muscles and ligaments alter in order to accommodate your growing baby – and it can also worsen due to pelvic ligaments causing discomfort in the final few months.

Lower back pain during pregnancy isn’t just aggravated by the changes in your body, as certain movements can also make matters worse – walking for long periods of time, carrying heavy items, bending and turning suddenly can all provide low to severe discomfort for all pregnant women, even those who are carrying relatively light. Thankfully, there are ways in which such discomfort can be combatted and even prepared for – thanks to the intervention of exercise and/or a professional chiropractor.

The Cure

Pregnant woman laying downWhile there sadly is no precise cure for all of the pains and twinges you’ll be experiencing during pregnancy, there are a number of things you can do to relieve such aggravation regularly. Simple stretching and exercise, particularly that which benefits your pelvis, can be extremely beneficial long-term, particularly as your baby grows – and there are a whole host of aids and supports available for expectant mothers to help ease them through daily routines, such as assistance for sitting, laying down and manoeuvring, particularly for use in later months.

It should also be noted that specialist care can also have a great effect on your back health during pregnancy – any professional chiropractor will understand that areas of your body such as your pelvis and spine are at risk of pressure and pain, and will therefore propose ways in which discomfort can be alleviated. At home or away, massage can also be considered a fantastic way to relieve stress and pain.

If you’re pregnant and are worried about pain or discomfort in your back during the later months, we have all the advice and support you could ever need. Why not contact Hertfordshire Chiropractic Clinic today on 01707 3777 97 and arrange a one-on-one appointment? Together we will aim to help make your pregnancy as smooth and as pain-free as possible – our friendly and professional team are here to assist!

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