Updated: Apr 9, 2019
"I can't wait for this baby to be born so this pain stops"
"Back pain is a normal part of pregnancy"
"Oh, you're just experiencing some pregnancy pains"
Ever heard or thought one of these sentences?
What if we told you that actually, pain during pregnancy is in fact NOT normal? What if we said low back, hip and pelvic pain often have a very simple underlying cause that can be just as simple to fix?
We have been conditioned to accept that pregnancy pain is just how it is and we just have to suck it up. Enough of the madness!
While there is absolutely a certain amount of discomfort that can be attributed to your body now supporting a developing baby, there is lots that can be done to manage and minimise more significant pains like low back pain and sciatica we often suffer during pregnancy.
So what does pain during pregnancy mean?
Many times pain can be indicative of an area of dysfunction within the spine and nervous system. This can appear as muscle aches, muscle spasm, sciatica, decreased movement & flexibility and many more.
SIDE NOTE: Keep in mind that when we have restriction through our pelvis, spine and surrounding ligaments, having baby in a great position may be difficult as they have less freedom and space to shift in utero.
So what do we do about it?
Releasing the fascia and tension.
-Stretch & Yoga
Improving flexibility through the muscle and joint.
Ensuring your muscle activation patterns and core strength & stability is up to scratch.
Obviously we're a little biased here. But working with pregnant women everyday, we know that there are incredible benefits to having ensured your spine, pelvis and nervous system are functioning well. If you're unsure, ask around your area for great pregnancy trained Chiropractors or check out sites like https://chiropractors.asn.au/home/locate-a-chiropractor/basicsearch to find Australian Chiropractors located near you.
Important to have a pregnancy trained therapist. Massage can help increase circulation and decrease muscle tension.
Working to 'unblock' energy pathways to enable the body to function better.
-Eating non-inflammatory foods.
Foods either increase inflammation and susceptibility to pain and dysfunction or fight inflammation and decrease susceptibility to pain.
We hope you've found some handy tips here. Make sure to check that whoever you work with is trained & experienced in working with pregnant women.
If you want more info on some things you can do at home, check out our online workshop 'Better Balanced Bumps'.
- BBB xx