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How Chiropractic Care can help with Back Pain in Pregnancy


How Chiropractic Care can help with Back Pain in Pregnancy

There’s no denying that pregnancy is an exciting time. However, as you (and your body) prepare for your baby to arrive, you may experience a few aches and pain …not least of which can be nagging back pain.

What causes back pain in pregnancy?

Back pain in pregnancy may be caused by a whole host of reasons, including stress, poor posture and overexertion, but these are some of the most common culprits:

Weight gain – most women will gain a few extra kilograms during the course of their pregnancy. This added weight may become an added stressor to the back and cause pain.

Hormonal changes – hormones, such as relaxin, are released during pregnancy to prepare your body for labour. These hormones have an effect on ligaments, which become softer, creating laxity. This increases the mobility of the pelvis in order for the body to prepare for the birthing process. The increased mobility of joints and adaptations the body will make may contribute to pain.

Altered posture – As your baby grows, your centre of gravity changes and this may affect your posture as weight is thrust towards the front, putting strain on your spine and lower back.

Treatment options for back pain and the safety of chiropractic care during pregnancy.

While most pain medications are off-limits during pregnancy, chiropractic care provides a safe, drug-free alternative to your pregnancy-related back and neck pain. Your chiropractor may suggest a number of effective and safe treatment options to help manage your pain, including:

  • Massage
  • Heat therapy
  • Gentle stretching
  • Spinal adjustments
Chirpractic treatment for back pain during pregnancy

Top Tips to Prevent Back Pain in Pregnancy

Your chiropractor may also make some recommendations to help you manage or prevent the pain on your own, such as:

  • Avoid wearing high heels, which put strain on the back
  • Avoid bending over to pick things up, rather squat, or better yet, ask for help!
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Try to focus on your posture and remember to stretch regularly
  • Sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs
  • Put your feet up and rest!


Regular chiropractic care (and following the doctor’s orders) can help bring low back pain under control and free you up to focus on and enjoy one of the most important moments in your life – your pregnancy.


To find out more about the potential causes of your pregnancy-related back pain, and to discuss the treatment options available, find your closest CASA-registered chiropractor here.


This blog post is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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back pain, pregnancy care, pregnancy pain
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