Pregnancy and back pain. What to expect!
By the time you set eyes on your positive pregnancy test, and hopefully jump for joy, your body is already changing dramatically. Being pregnant will also open up so many questions and invite so many well-meaning suggestions and advice from family, friends and health professionals that it can literally make your head spin.
I want to share some of my experience in managing my patients during their pregnancies. There are a few factors that need to be considered when we look at your spine and nervous system during your pregnancy.
Firstly, and perhaps most apparent, is the impact that the extra weight that you carry in front of you has. As your abdomen grows forward, it pulls the lower back with it. The mid back and shoulders then pull back to compensate, and in turn, the head and neck tilt forward. I often have pregnant patients complaining of lower back pain, mid back and or neck pain. Often also, the sciatic nerve which runs down the back of your thigh can also be irritated.
Try to walk unless you find that it irritates your hips or back and specialty pregnancy pilates classes are a fantastic way to strengthen and support your back. Realise also that you are supporting and nurchering a second rapidly growing being inside of you and you need to take it easy on yourself, especially during the more difficult first and last trimester.
If you end up having a natural birth, your baby will have an easier exit through your birth canal if your lower back and pelvis are in good alignment and all the joints function properly. Chiropractic adjustments can certainly help in this regard.
At Prohealth Chiropractic we have specialised equipment that is designed to allow pregnant woman to be adjusted comfortably and safely. If you are in doubt, feel free to make a time to see the equipment and speak to the chiropractor