Are You Having Back And Pelvic Pain During Your Pregnancy?
One of the most distressing things when you’re having pain with pregnancy is the lack of quality information available. Most women are told that “this is normal” and “don’t worry, once you have your baby, it will get better!” Women are led to believe that their is due to their changing posture and/or something that they shouldn’t be doing – such as standing, stooping, lifting. Worst of all, women are afraid that they may have done something to compromise their pregnancy.
While back and pelvic pain can be common in pregnancy, it is not normal. If pain was because of changes in posture, then everyone would have it. So, why do we get back pain or pelvic pain? Most of the reasons can date back to what you may have been (or have not been) doing before you became pregnant. An example of this can be a change in satisfaction with your job. If this is not your first pregnancy, you are more likely to have back or pelvic pain. Other risk factors such as smoking, weight gain, and previous back or pelvic issues increase your risk of having pain during pregnancy.
You Don’t Have To “Live With It”
The best news is that back and pelvic girdle pain can be helped. There is no need to suffer or “live with it.” Often times simple solutions such as using a support sling or pelvic belt can give relief. There are many different options available, ranging from a simple, rigid Velcro belt around the pelvis, to a system that supports the abdomen as well as the pelvis and low back region. The support devices are easy to apply and to wear under your clothes and can provide some extra support while you are walking, lifting, bending and carrying.
A physical therapist can help by starting you on an exercise program that is focused on balance and support. The cause of low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy may be due to changes in the joints and a lack of good muscle support. Working on exercises such as improving one legged stance, weight shifting, squatting, and step ups can help improve your strength and increase support from surrounding muscles. The best advice is to call a women’s health physical therapist to get individualized attention and guidance. We can help identify your problems and get you on the right track to overcoming your pain.
Susan C. Clinton, PT currently practices in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and is the co-owner and founder of Embody Physiotherapy and Wellness, LLC. Susan is active in teaching and research as an adjunct instructor for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham and Slippery Rock University. Susan is active with the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in a variety of roles. She enjoys walking/hiking, country line dance and ballroom and is an avid supporter of music, the arts and international objectives for women’s health.