More than 50 percent of women experience low back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Physical therapists are movement experts that can partner with you during your pregnancy to reduce back pain and achieve a more comfortable and healthy pregnancy.
Several factors contribute to low back pain experienced in pregnancy. Some factors are unavoidable, such as hormonal changes, which cause looser ligaments in preparation for birth and increased weight gain as the trimesters progress.
Other factors, such as the mother’s strength, flexibility, and body mechanics, can be improved with the help of a physical therapist. Here are some of the factors you can control and how to do so:
If not addressed properly during pregnancy, low back pain may linger into the postpartum period, especially once you are spending most of the day lifting, carrying, and feeding your baby.
Other problems frequently encountered in the postpartum period, such as urinary incontinence, separation of the abdominal muscles, and pelvic pain can be addressed in physical therapy. Let your therapist know if you are experiencing any of these issues. All physical therapists are trained to help with these common problems and, if needed, we can refer you to a women’s health therapist with a specialty in these areas. Contact us to get started on correcting your pregnancy back pain.