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Pregnancy Back Pain

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but the changes in your body can lead to discomfort. Back pain associated with pregnancy is common, affecting roughly half of all pregnant women. Relieving your back pain would help you enjoy this time more, but naturally you don’t want to take medications that can have a negative effect on you or your unborn child. Fortunately, there is a safe way to relieve back pain!

Physiological Changes

It’s obvious your body changes when you’re pregnant, and these changes can sometimes trigger back pain. Some of the more common causes of pregnancy-related back pain are:

  • Shifting and loosening of joints in the pelvis and low back to prepare for the birth process
  • Additional weight of the baby that the back has to support
  • Postural changes due to your shifting center of gravity
  • Stress typically “settles” in the weakest part of your body; during pregnancy this is often the over-taxed lower back

The spine works to adapt to all of these, but sometimes it can’t keep up with the rapid changes in your body! As some joints begin to loosen, others can tighten and get “locked up.” Your new posture can strain the muscles of the back. Stress can also cause structures to tighten. Any of these can interfere with normal nerve conduction, resulting in pain. What’s more, the weight of the baby can sometimes press directly on nerve roots, irritating them and creating pain in any areas served by those nerves.

Safe For You and Your Baby

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You take special care of yourself when you’re pregnant, and dealing with your back pain is no exception. That’s why chiropractic is an excellent choice for pregnant women seeking back pain relief.

“We chiropractors understand how pregnancy affects the spine and nervous system and, using safe, gentle adjustments designed specifically for use during pregnancy, we help restore your nervous system to proper working order, ” says a busy chiropractor in Naperville, IL. “This can help relieve your back pain, and it also creates a healthy environment for your growing baby!”

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All of our chiropractors are skilled, caring healthcare professionals with experience working with back pain during pregnancy. They understand your concerns and will take the time to talk with you at length to get a clearer understanding of your particular situation and put your mind at ease. They will conduct a thorough examination to be sure chiropractic is a good choice for you, and to uncover the specific nature of your back pain. And they will accurately target those areas of instability or misalignment that are creating your pain, delivering gentle chiropractic adjustments to return the structures to normal alignment. While no specific results are guaranteed, chiropractic enjoys an excellent success rate with pregnancy back pain.

All you have to do to get started is find the chiropractor nearest you and give them a call! Chiropractors are highly educated, state-licensed healthcare professionals and as such, are covered by most insurance. If you’ve never considered chiropractic for pregnancy, you’ll be relieved to learn that it’s totally safe for both you and your child, offering back pain relief to delighted pregnant women everywhere. As an added bonus, chiropractic can help maintain uterine flexibility (by restoring normal spinal alignment and nerve function), helping your baby grow more comfortably and assume the best birthing position. Many moms report that the delivery process is easier when they’ve had chiropractic during their pregnancy.

Minimizing Pregnancy-Related Back Pain

There are some steps you can take to help avoid or minimize back pain during your pregnancy:

Minimizing Back Pain During Pregnancy
DON’T BEND OVER Don’t bend over to pick things up, as this can strain the lower back. Instead, bend the knees and squat carefully. And don’t lift anything too heavy.
WEAR SUPPORTIVE SHOES Avoid high heels or flip-flops, which don’t provide any support for the joints in your legs and back.
SLEEP ON YOUR LEFT SIDE The additional weight can press on irritated nerves if you sleep on your back. Instead, sleep on your left side with a pillow under your knees for support.
TAKE IT EASY This doesn’t mean become a couch potato! Instead, make sure your body gets moderate activity – and adequate rest.

Your pregnancy only lasts a short time, so don’t wait to try a healthyapproach for relieving your pregnancy back pain! Call a ChooseNatural.comchiropractor today!

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