Pregnancy: Posture and Back Pain
As the baby grows, a woman's posture changes; curves in the lower spine are increased, and as the centre of gravity changes and the breasts enlarge, more pressure is put on the spinal joints. This excess pressure added to the joints of the spine can result in irritated joins and pain.
During the final stages of pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is released in order to prepare for birth, allows the muscles, tendons and ligaments to stretch more. During this time it is easy to overstretch, or lift a heavy object that can lead to joint strain and increasing pain.
Back pain during pregnancy can be a real problem for many women, and for some, problems can continue long after birth. Many choose not to take any medication during pregnancy, and it has long being advised that it is all part of the experience. However, Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy and can offer a drug free way to manage pain.
Here are some tips to manage the pain during pregnancy and afterwards:
Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees
Get measured for Bra's regularly throughout pregnancy to make sure you are getting the maximum support for your changing shape.
Gentle stretches and exercise (speak to your Midwife or Doctor before starting to make sure its safe to go ahead – don't forget pelvic floor exercises!)
elevate legs to reduce ankle swelling
Be careful after birth. Relaxin can stay in the body for a prolonged period after birth, especially if your breastfeeding.