Are you pregnant with a lot of lower back or hip pain, leg cramps, or aching feet? It’s common for women to complain of a lot of lower back pain while pregnant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, 50-70% of pregnant women experience lower back pain at some point so if you have it, you’re not alone. Back pain aside, the physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. Chiropractic can not only help you manage your pain during pregnancy but it can make labor less painful as well.
During pregnancy, a women’s body is undergoing a number of different changes to accommodate the growing baby. Due to the weight that is gained, a mother’s center gravity changes. It shifts to the front of her pelvis and this is not a natural position. It can result in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and various joints in the pelvis. Throughout the pregnancy, as the baby grows, the mother gains more weight and the back becomes more stressed. This causes the lordotic curvature in her low back to increase. Back pain generally peaks around the third trimester because this is when the baby gains the most weight. If there has been a history of lower back problems, there is a good chance that the pregnancy will aggravate the condition. This may lead to difficultly performing daily routines and create difficulties in labor. Additionally, there are many more problems that the stress on the lower back can create such as leg cramps, abdominal cramping, constipation, and much more.
At Frederick Chiropractic Wellness Center we can provide personalized care throughout your pregnancy as well as after. Our trained staff can help alleviate and even prevent common pains and problems associated with pregnancy. In doing this we give you and your baby a better chance of a smooth and safe birth.
Chiropractic care is just one of the many safe and effective treatments that can help prepare the mother’s body for the experience of pregnancy and childbirth. There are specialized adjustment methods to accommodate pregnancy. Many of the women that choose to receive chiropractic care during their pregnancy find that it helped them use little to no pain medications throughout their delivery. There are also studies finding that receiving regular care can help reduce labor time.