Pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the body. Moreover, carrying a child requires a number of changes in the body’s internal environment to accommodate the new life. Each of these changes can create different discomforts and symptoms in the mother-to-be, one of which is back pain. Three quarters of pregnant women experience this problem in the nine months prior to giving birth. Though back pain can be one of the many common unpleasant side-effects of pregnancy, you don’t have to suffer in silence. This guide is here to help you understand the cause of this tension, the common areas that it affects, and what preventative and treatment options are available to you as an expecting mother.
Cause of Pregnancy-Related Back Pain
During pregnancy there are a number of hormonal changes that occur in the body. Some of these change s cause joints and ligaments to loosen, particularly those that attach the pelvic bone to the spine. As a result, women may feel less support from their backs and might feel the strain placed on this area. Moreover, the abdominal muscles are weakened as the stomach area begins to stretch and the mother begins to show. The abdominal muscles are a contributing force in back support, therefore their lack of functionality during pregnancy makes muscles in the back carry more weight than usual; this can result in pain to the mother. Lastly, the back pain associated with pregnancy tends to increase as the pregnancy progresses.
Common Areas of Pain
While pain may manifest itself slightly differently from person to person, there are a few areas that typically cause discomfort for mothers-to-be. The first of these areas is the lower back, referred to as lumbar pain. This kind of pain is experienced around the spine at waist level. One of the triggers for this problem is standing for long periods of time, as the added weight begins to take its toll. The second common form of pain involved in pregnancy is posterior pelvic pain. While lumbar pain occurs at waist level, posterior pelvic pain occurs slightly lower, often showing up at the back of the thigh, or in the buttocks area. This problem is typically triggered by long amounts of time spent bent at the waist; sitting is one of the frequently reported causes.
There are a number of ways to minimize the effects of child-bearing on the back. One of the most beneficial ways to do this is by strengthening the back and surrounding muscles. If you plan on getting pregnant it may be a good idea to begin this process prior to pregnancy as it could better prepare your body to carry the additional weight. Alternatively you can also do certain exercise while pregnant. Activities safe to take part in during pregnancy include swimming, walking, and stationary cycling. You can also work on improving your posture so that the back’s natural methods for dealing with stress and strain can function properly. For those experiencing problematic amounts of discomfort from pregnancy, booking an appointment with Downsview Chiropractic can allow us to find a solution and treatment unique to you that will make your pregnancy more enjoyable and pain-free.
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