Tips For Helping Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes to your body, and some of those changes can cause discomfort. A common complaint during pregnancy is back pain. There are a number of reasons why pregnant women may have back pain, but here are some tips that can help you manage until your baby comes. 

1. Stand up straight.

You may have had great posture before pregnancy, but because your weight and center of gravity can shift when you are expecting, many women can end up slouching or over-extending their back without realizing it. When walking or standing, concentrate on your posture by keeping your shoulders back and your spine in neutral. It may seem strange, but with practice, your posture will be second nature and your back will not feel quite as overworked and sore. 

2. Stay active.

If possible during your pregnancy, continue to exercise. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, staying active in your pregnancy is good for your body and for baby. Your muscles stay strong, allowing your body to better support the added weight and belly. Lying down or sitting all day can increase back pain and aggravate areas that are already tender. If you can't handle intense cardio, lift light weights and go swimming or take walk each day around the neighborhood. 

3. Wear good shoes.

Your shoes should be supportive during pregnancy. High heels pull you back out of alignment and they put more pressure on your lower spine. It's best to avoid high heels during pregnancy entirely. Instead, choose flat shoes that provide good arch support. Nice posture and spinal alignment starts with feet and up through the hips and pelvis. 

4. See a chiropractor.

Many women avoid the chiropractor because they worry it is not safe for pregnancy. However, gentle alignment techniques are safe, and many chiropractors specialize in helping pregnant women adjust to the changes in their bodies. For example, it's easier for the body to be out of alignment during pregnancy because of increase production of a hormone called relaxin. This hormone makes it easier for your joints to pull apart and shift. As a result, you might experience hip or back pain. A simple adjustment can help reduce compounding problems in this area, such as developing sciatica from irritation of the piriformis muscle due to extra weight and hip changes. 

For more information, contact a chiropractor in your area,such as Dimond Chiropractic Center, who has experience with pregnant patients.