Pregnant women are well aware of the aches and pains associated with carrying a child. The increased stress placed on the joints, muscles, and nerves creates almost unbearable pain and discomfort.
Women who suffer from back pain prior to their pregnancy are often the most heavily hit by this added stress on their bodies. During the final trimester, the lower back can begin to quite literally buckle under the pressure and cause an irritation of the sciatic nerve. However, there are a few ways that moms-to-be can relieve back pain and alleviate the strain that pregnancy can put on the body.
The ACA has presented their tips for pregnant women in an effort to shed a little light on the benefits of proper spinal alignment. Their suggestions are as follows.
Think About Your Health First
In other words, don’t be preoccupied with fashion during your pregnancy. Flat, comfortable and low profile shoes are your best bet for avoiding unnecessary back pain. Keep a sensible dress code during your pregnancy and never force yourself into uncomfortable clothing for fashion sake.
Exercising during pregnancy, as at any other time of life, helps the body ward off tight muscles and misalignment of the spine. Walking, cycling, and swimming are excellent ways for pregnant women to exercise while carrying a child. Gently stretching before and after is essential to prevent additional muscle strain.
Proper Nutrition & Ergonomics
Eating a well-balanced diet during pregnancy prevents excess weight gain and can therefore prevent back pain. Additionally, proper ergonomics in bed and while working at a desk will also prevent and ease muscle pain. A pillow between the knees helps take pressure off of the lower back while sleeping and an ergonomically correct workstation can also help prevent back pain.
What about Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic adjustments are 100% safe for pregnant mothers. Spinal alignment and adjustments have proven to be highly effective in eliminating or reducing back pain for pregnant moms-to-be. Simply put, don’t write it off as an impossibility while pregnant. It could indeed alleviate your pain and make pregnancy a more joyful experience.
Are you expecting? We specialize in pregnancy chiropractic treatment to enhance your well-being! Visit Vital Health Chiropractic of Moon Township, PA, call 412-424-0019, or contact us via email to schedule your appointment.