Pregnancy

Overview

It is no secret that the body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy, and many women experience pain and discomfort during this time. Lower back pain is a common complaint for women during gestation, with around 75% of women reporting problems with their back, and majority of women experience some sort of musculoskeletal issues. During pregnancy the body is influxed with hormones, causing dramatic changes, notably to mood, posture and your body.

Symptoms

  • Morning sickness

  • Breast tenderness

  • Mood swings

  • Bladder changes

  • Back and hip pain

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Swollen ankles

  • Constant or intermittent symptoms

  • Cramping

  • Constipation

Causes

The discomfort of pregnancy can mostly be attributed to the increase in hormone production in your body. The hormone relaxin which helps loosen up joints and ligaments for parturition, also causes the body to become more prone to joint instability and thus damage. Other major pregnancy hormones, such as progesterone and oestrogen, also contributes to joint and ligament laxity, making them more susceptible to injury. The majority of women will experience some form of back pain whilst pregnant but there is increased risk if you have experienced back problems in the past. Moreover, the growing fetus puts more pressure on the lower back muscles to maintain an upright posture as well as on the hip joints as the abdomen stretches attributing to increased pain in that area.

Chiropractic care for you when you need it.

During pregnancy there are many physiological and biomechanical changes taking place in a mother’s body.  A growing baby can put a lot of stress on a mother’s spine and pelvis, which is particularly when they aren’t moving well and accommodating the baby’s growth. Chiropractic care during pregnancy works to relieve biomechanical stress allowing the low back and pelvis to move more freely.

 

References
Ireland, M. and Ott, S. (2000). The Effects of Pregnancy on the Musculoskeletal System. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 372, pp.169-179.
LISI, A. (2006). Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain of Pregnancy: A Retrospective Case Series. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 51(1), pp.7-10.
Pregnancybirthbaby.org.au. (2019). {{meta.og.title}}. [online] Available at: https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/early-signs-of-pregnancy