Lower Back Pain and Pregnancy

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy. Most women describe it as a pinch or shot of pain with certain movements, like turning over in bed, going from sitting to standing, walking, going up stairs or even just putting on pants. The pain is typically located right beside the tailbone in the lowest part of the back, often with some associated pain into the gluts and hips. 

Why does this happen and why does it target this area of the body?

Pregnancy Care CalgaryMost women are surprised when told it is the tailbone (sacrum) that is actually connected to the uterus. The connecting structure is like a guide wire on a bridge, in this case supporting the baby. The “wire” is called the utero-sacral ligament. This connection means that when the baby grows the position of the tailbone is affected. The tailbone usually sits in a neutral position so that that low back can move with ease, but during pregnancy the position changes and the tail bone actually tips forward. This restricts the joints in the lower back from moving easily results in pain and inflammation. Not to mention pulling and tightness in the gluts muscles and hip flexors. Those classic movements that cause lower back pain during pregnancy are just a result of the change in the position of these structures.

The Good News

Is that you don’t have to live with this for the rest of your pregnancy. Helping to re-position these structures, restore normal movement and function will allow you to move with ease and comfort. This is the number one reason women come in and the results are phenomenal. A majority of  patients will feel a difference as soon as they stand up from the table and are amazed at how gentle the treatment is.

Body Mechanics and Pregnancy

The pregnant body goes through different types of mechanical stresses as the baby grows and the body accommodates.
One of the reasons for lower back pain is a result of the forward shift in the center of gravity. As the belly grows and expands the center of gravity gets shifted forward, as a result the pelvis tilts and the natural curve in the low back increases. The joints and muscles of the low back and pelvis end up taking on majority of the load. In an attempt to compensate with this shift the upper back and neck can start to feel tight and stiff as well.