Being pregnant is such a new and exciting time in a woman’s life. As her baby is developing in the womb, a woman’s body is continually changing and growing. Added abdominal weight over the course of 40 weeks can put stress and strain on the low back. In most pregnancies, low back pain becomes more apparent as the pregnancy progresses. With that in mind, there are several natural ways to decrease or prevent low back pain during pregnancy. The following are three easy steps mothers can take to help prevent or decrease low back pain during their pregnancy.
MAINTAINING PROPER POSTURE & KINESIOLOGY TAPING
Posture is especially important to keep in mind while pregnant. Making sure to take breaks when standing for long periods of time or sitting in chairs with proper back support is a necessity. Kinesiology taping can be used to compliment and support the growing abdomen as well. Rock Tape is used as a functional tape aiding in facilitating and strengthening the surrounding muscles.
SEEING A CHIROPRACTOR THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY
Keeping your spine aligned, especially your low back and pelvis, can be extremely beneficial during pregnancy. Webster Technique is a diversified chiropractic technique that has been helping pregnant women with low back pain for decades. A conservative, non-invasive approach like chiropractic care can provide relief and give great comfort to the mother. The use of various soft tissue techniques (myofascial release, Graston Technique, massage, etc.) can also be used to relieve muscle tension and joint pain.
JOINING A PRENATAL YOGA CLASS
Prenatal yoga classes are great ways to get some exercise while reaping the benefits of stretching and strengthening your body. Every week the body has to adapt to a new center of gravity. Yoga is a great way to relax and become more in tune with your body and baby. Exercises like yoga also strengthen muscles needed for birth. The stronger and more physically fit you are going into birth, the stronger you are coming out of it.
These are some of the most beneficial ways to ENJOY being pregnant!