There are many issues to address when pregnant. As the body changes, additional stresses and strains are placed on the low back, breathing is affected, mood changes, unpleasant nausea may be experienced, as well as anxiety about childbirth.
Low Back Pain and Pelvic Pain are common in pregnancy. Figures vary from as low as 25% in one study compared to as high 80% in another.
Conditions which women who are pregnant commonly complain of include:
Generalised muscular back pain
SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) – pain or discomfort in the joint at the front of the pelvis
Sacro Iliac Joint pain – presenting as pain in the lower back
Sciatica and leg pain associated with back pain
Rib and thoracic spinal pain leading to breathlessness and difficulty in deep breathing
Neck aches and headaches of a mechanical nature.
Some common treatments for musculoskeletal aches and pains, such as drugs, physiotherapy and exercise, are not always suitable for pregnant women. Osteopathy offers a safe and effective way of dealing with these common conditions.
Take particular care when lifting and carrying especially lifting or carrying other children. Do not carry a small child on one hip for any length of time
If you stand for any length of time, keep your bottom ‘tucked’ in to reduce strain on the lower part of your spine and maintain equal weight on both legs. Sit down when dressing to avoid standing on one leg
When sitting, adopt a good sitting posture that supports your back, thighs and feet, use a cushion for support and don’t sit with your legs crossed
When lying on your side, place a pillow under the ‘bump’ and a pillow between your knees to provide support. When lying on your back, place pillows beneath your knees to keep them bent
Keep your knees together when getting in and out of the car, turning in bed and getting in or out of bed.