Back Pain in Pregnancy

Many women experience back pain at some point in their pregnancy: sometimes at the start, sometimes at the end ... and for a few women, the back pain is there throughout their pregnancy. There are a number of things that can cause this pain, such as the pregnancy hormones that soften and relax the joints and ligaments, including those in the lower back and pelvis. The purpose of this is to make the pelvis more flexible to allow the baby to be born naturally. This is a common cause of back pain towards the end of pregnancy.

Postural problems can be pre-existing, or can be caused by the growing uterus and baby. If a woman has a history of back pain, this can often mean that she will have problems throughout pregnancy. Chiropractic can help.

Sometimes, towards the end of the pregnancy, the position of the baby can mean that certain nerves (such as the sciatic nerve) are compressed and this can cause various forms of pain such as shooting pain or a dull ache.

There are a number of positive steps you can take to reduce or even eliminate back pain in pregnancy, and the one I have found to be most effecive is chiroptactic care. For short-term relief, Panadol and a hotpack may be helpful.

Exercise is also very helpful as a longer-term measure. I recommend to my patients that they do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day, or most days of the week.

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