Back aches and pains are not uncommon during pregnancy as a woman’s body goes through significant changes. One of the more obvious changes is the extra weight having to be carried during pregnancy. This can put significant pressure on the body.
Our chiropractor in Ealing highlights some of the changes that can impact your posture and back during pregnancy and also recommends ways to minimise suffering back ache and pains. Specific stretches and exercises can help in most cases and talking to your chiropractor, GP, midwife or other healthcare professional is recommended as they will be able to advise you on stretches and exercises that are suitable for you.
Lumbar curving increases during pregnancy as a result of the additional weight being carried at the front of the body. More pressure is exerted on the joints of the spine which can cause discomfort and even pain for some women.
- Sleeping with a pillow between the legs may help.
Upper back aches and pains are not uncommon as breasts grow larger putting more pressure on the upper back.
- Wearing the right size bra is especially important throughout your pregnancy to ensure you have the maximum support. You should get measured regularly for the right sized bra during your pregnancy.
To prepare your body for birth, relaxin is released. Relaxin softens the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is important to remember that during this time the body is more unforgiving and it is easy to overstretch or lift something that may cause a problem. Due to the relaxation of muscle support an increase in weight during the final trimester, knee and ankle pain may become more of an issue.
- Be careful not to overstretch and always keep your spine straight and bend the knees when lifting.
- Whenever possible elevate the legs to offset the weight pressure and reduce any swelling.
Our chiropractor at the Spine & Join Clinic in Ealing is often asked if chiropractic treatment can be given during pregnancy. The answer is, yes, it can. If you are pregnant, your chiropractor at the Spine & Joint Centre, will use safe and gentle techniques that are suitable for use during pregnancy. Your chiropractor may also offer you advice with regards to nutrition, posture and exercise.