So you have found out that you are expecting, congratulations! Here’s to first words, first steps, and of course the growing pains that come along with the labour and delivery. The most common symptoms of pregnancy that women rank among the more displeasing are morning sickness (nausea and/or vomiting), fatigue (tiredness), and pain in the back, pelvis, and sciatic nerve distribution.
Because of the release of the hormone Relaxin (produced by both the ovaries and placenta during pregnancy), the ligaments of the pelvis relax and the cervix both widens and softens. This is to prepare your body for the symphysis pubis is the joint that connects the anterior (front) portion of the pelvis at the pubic bone. The joint is strengthened with ligaments allowing for movement and stability.
These joints will move and widen in preparation of birth to allow the child to pass through the cervix and into the outside world. For some women, this is not a comfortable sensation and they begin to experience pain in the pubic area along with some of the following additional signs and symptoms.
Pain in the back, hip, or pelvis
A grinding or clicking sensation
Pain down the thighs, worsened with movement
Increased pain at night causing disrupted sleep and difficulty moving in and out of bed
The pain may occur during your pregnancy or come on post-partum, leaving the new mom in search of relief. Luckily, there are answers to the pain and discomfort—and they start with us!
Chiropractic treatment can help to adjust the area and align surrounding structures of the spine, hips, and pelvis allowing for better mobility and greater comfort. Depending on your condition, adjunct therapy may be recommended which includes exercise prescription (principally directed at strengthening abdominal and pelvic floor muscles & spinal stability), massage/muscle work to relieve tension in surrounding muscles, and acupuncture to treat trigger points and improve blood flow.
Every patient and every ache is unique and will be assessed and treated as such. Please book an appointment with one of our specialists to address the root cause of your pain and decide on the best course of action. This pain may last only up until the birth or it may continue post-partum, the help of your chiropractor will make a difference in the intensity and duration of pain, so don’t delay!
Call us at:
905-845-2291 with all your pregnancy related concerns!
Dr. Tiffany Huggins,
Family Chiropractor & Expectant Mom