Pain With Pregnancy
Very frequently, women experience pain during pregnancy. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including weight gain and the position of the baby. As your body changes during this time, your center of gravity changes as well. As your belly grows, you rotate your pelvis forward and down on your hips, while also creating an inward curve in your lumbar spine. These changes can also exacerbate pre-existing conditions such as hip and back pain due to these alternated body mechanics. More than 50% of pregnant women report suffering from lower back pain, and altered mechanics and weight gain during pregnancy can also cause other orthopedic issues such as plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and osteitis pubis.
Pelvic pain is normal during pregnancy and can become gradually worse closer to your due date. A physical therapist can help you during your pregnancy to modify your workouts or instruct you to do exercises that help prevent pain or help manage it. Also be aware that you should call your doctor right away if you start bleeding, have a fever, or the pain is extremely sharp and came on quickly.
Here are three symptoms
- Lower back pain can be seen throughout parts of the entire pregnancy and needs to be assessed before continuing exercising
- Headaches can be common, usually in the first trimester due to hormonal changes. A PT can help you improve alignment and reduce pain.
- Hip/groin pain is usually seen towards the end of pregnancy due to weight gain and a shift of the pubic symphysis due to hormones creating laxity to open up the pelvis for delivery. A PT can help realign the hips and create stability in your hips to alleviate pain and teach strategies to manage the pain.
Remember that pregnancy-related pain can come from a variety of sources and what works for others may not work for you. Schedule an appointment to craft a treatment plan that will best address the root causes of your pain.