Back Pain in Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you may be part of the 75% of women who experience back pain during pregnancy. Some women do not have back pain early in their pregnancy but develop pain in the later months, or they have slight pain in the beginning of their pregnancy and it gets increasingly worse as the pregnancy progresses.

There are many reasons for this problem in pregnancy. One reason is because of the rapid development and expanding uterus which shifts the weight bearing structures and has an affect on our center of gravity. The growing uterus also puts extra weight and work on our muscles and ligaments which puts more stress on our joints. Another might be hormonal changes that make our connecting ligaments weak and lax and we try to use our back muscles to compensate for our heavy abdominal load to prevent us from falling forward. Some women may also have had pre-existing unnoticed imbalances in their spine or pelvis before becoming pregnant.

Another problem that may be present if you are experiencing low back pain is that the sacrum (the triangular shaped bone at the base of your spine) may be misaligned which will also cause tightening and torsion of the ligaments around the uterus and this would make it harder for the fetus to position himself for birth and also may cause a more labored and painful birth.

Chiropractic care relieves imbalances in the spine and sacrum and can also prevent them before they occur. Along with chiropractic care, learning techniques to prevent back strain and exercises to help strengthen and stretch your back are very important.

Dr. Jacqueline Tramontin of Tramontin Wellness Center has been trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in pre and post-natal care of the pregnant woman and also of infants and children. She has a family practice in Macungie which focuses on pregnant women and children. She will be conducting a FREE class entitled "Reliving Common Complaints of Pregnancy, Naturally" on March 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm. at her office which is located at 173 E. Main St., Macungie. If you or someone you know are interested in this class please contact Diane at 610-966-2726, seating is limited.

There will be refreshments and questions and answers to follow the program.