15 Aug Back Pain and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time, but many women don’t feel that way. That’s because they’re gaining an extra 20–30 pounds (or more!), which is putting all this stress on the back. Back pain during pregnancy is actually quite common, with 50%* of all expectant mothers experiencing back pain to some degree. Ten percent of pregnant women experience back pain so severe that it affects their daily routine.
If you’re pregnant, it’s a good idea to take some precautions, so you don’t end up struggling with back pain during this exciting time of your life. Read on to learn about the causes and treatment methods for pregnancy-related back pain. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Causes of Back Pain During Pregnancy
The lower back tends to be affected during pregnancy. The lumbar spine tends to curve because the mother’s abdomen grows outward. This causes the weight of the baby and all the fluids to pull to the front. This changes the center of gravity, making the lumbar spine curve.
The sacroiliac joints – which are connected to the pelvis – also cause back pain. The abdomen pulls forward, and at the same time, it pulls against the sacroiliac joints, causing inflammation and pain.
Treating Back Pain During Pregnancy
Ideally, women should be working on strengthening their core before pregnancy. Even exercising during pregnancy is fine. Pilates and yoga are helpful for strengthening the back and stomach.
Chiropractic manipulations can help keep the spine aligned and prevent curvature. Osteopathic manipulations – which involve treating the curvature in the spine and the surrounding muscles – can help relieve pain.
Let Integrated Pain Consultants Manage Your Pregnancy-Related Back Pain
Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body, but you don’t have to live with back pain. Scottsdale pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth and his team of Pain Specialists offer many non-surgical treatment options that are safe for you and the baby. Make a healthy and pain-free pregnancy your goal by calling (480) 626-2552 or learn how to book your appointment online.