As much as 80 percent of women will experience low back pain during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. Both back and pelvic pain may be caused by a number of factors related to natural changes in a woman’s body while pregnant, including the following:
- Hormonal surges.
- Fatigue and muscular imbalances.
- Changes in weight and centre of gravity.
Hormonal Surges (Estrogen & Relaxin)
Hormones related to pregnancy can cause issues by creating joint laxity, particularly in the pelvis. These surges, along with extra weight and change in the centre of gravity, often lead to decreased joint support, resulting in back pain during pregnancy.
You can gain as much as a quarter of your normal body weight when you are pregnant. This adds stress to your back, as well as other weight-bearing structures.
Centre of Gravity Changes
The weight gained is typically carried in the front (anterior) and the back (posterior). This change in the centre of gravity causes:
- Muscles that fatigue quicker than usual, which often results in bad posture or makes bad posture even worse.
- Muscle imbalances that create strain and cause back pain during pregnancy. They are more problematic if there are already existing imbalances such as inflexibility or muscle weakness.
At Optimum Wellness in Barrie, ON, we are dedicated to helping our clients reach their maximum potential through the conceptualization of human structure and function. We offer chiropractic care, registered massage therapy, cold laser therapy, hot stone therapy, Kinesio-Taping, custom Footmaxx orthotics, and more. Call us today to schedule an appointment.