Besides fatigue, nausea, and swollen feet, most pregnant women also feel back pain during that period. Back pain associated with pregnancy usually affects the lower back.
About 50% to 80% of pregnant women suffer from lower back pain. Since the link between pregnancy and back pain is not fully understood, it can be challenging to treat it accordingly. Fortunately, pregnancy-related back pain usually has a shorter lifespan, and in most cases, it disappears after your baby is born.
Back pain associated with pregnancy is usually not widespread and confined to specific spine areas. Back pain often occurs between the fifth and seventh months of pregnancy, though it can start earlier.
Pelvic & Spine pain associated with pregnancy
Women usually have pregnancy-related pain in the lower back (pelvic and sacrum area). Pelvic pain that has not been diagnosed is called peripartum pelvic pain. This peripartum refers to the “perinatal period,” usually a few weeks before and after birth.
Pain is most common in the following regions:
• The groin region
• Public symphysis anteriorly
• Sacroiliac joints
Occasionally, it affects the pelvis and upper parts of the thigh, but pain below the knee is rare. Pain is usually affected by posture and is accompanied by waddling gait.
What Is the Cause of Spine Pain During Pregnancy?
The causes of back pain during pregnancy may be related to the combined effects of metabolic, circulatory, mechanical, and psychosocial factors. However, most of the reasons can be concise into the following aspects:
Women usually gain between 20 to 40 pounds during pregnancy, which puts extra pressure on the back. This extra pressure can lead to back pain.
Although most women experience back pain between the fifth and seventh months, some women report back pain during the first trimester. Since the baby is not big enough to put physical strain on the spine, but hormonal changes can cause pain. Pregnant women produce relaxation – a hormone that relaxes the joints and ligaments of the spine and pelvis, making childbirth easier. Relaxing can cause some instability in the spine, which can lead to lower back pain. Some hormones produced during pregnancy can result in sacroiliac joint pain, which causes lower backache.
Change in center of gravity
As your belly grows and you gain weight, your ability to maintain proper posture will be affected. Postural changes during pregnancy have been linked to herniated discs and lordosis, leading to back pain.
For many women, pregnancy is an exciting and special moment, but it can also bring stress. Stress can even cause or worsen back pain. Finding solutions to cope with stress during pregnancy can help relieve your pain.
Fortunately, pregnancy-related back pain tends to disappear within six months after birth, which allows you to focus on the vital addition to your life – the newborn baby. If the back pain does not go away after the baby is born, consult your doctor if further treatments or testing can work for you.
OHP Chiropractors are dedicated to your overall health and well-being. Which is why we offer regular chiropractic adjustments in order to restore your body’s natural state of optimal health, while also providing it with the support it needs to heal from any injury, big or small.
Source: Family Chiro Plus