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Back pain is one of the most common complaints that women have during pregnancy. In fact, 50 percent of women have back pain while they are pregnant. The good news is that you can see a chiropractor if you are pregnant and suffering from back pain.

Pregnancy Pains

You may be wondering why you experience pain while you are pregnant. The circulatory, mechanical and hormonal changes can cause pain. Chiropractors are qualified to treat musculoskeletal problems.

Mechanical

Most women gain between 20 and 40 pounds while they are pregnant. The weight gain and expanding belly can put strain on the back. The expanding belly can also the lower spine to curve.

Hormonal Changes

Relaxin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. The body produces 10 times more relaxin during pregnancy. Blood volume also increases by 50 percent during pregnancy. This can cause water retention and inflammation. All of these things can cause hip discomfort, low back and pelvis.

Chiropractic Treatment

It is estimated that 75 percent of women who get chiropractic treatments while they are pregnant are able to get relief. The adjustments can provide relief by re-aligning the spine. Chiropractic care can also benefit the baby.

Other Things That Women Can Do to Alleviate Back Pain

Exercise: Exercising helps keep the core strong. Ask your healthcare provider about an exercise program that is right for you. Yoga, swimming and other low-impact exercises are best for pregnant women.

Sleep Well: It is best for you to sleep on your side with a pillow in between your legs.

Think Twice: You should not wear heels until after your baby is born. You should also avoid lifting heavy objects.

If you are in need of a chiropractor, please contact Dr. Shane Silver for more information today!

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