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Pain Management Tips for Pregnant Women


This article is contributed by Natural Healings, sponsored by Advisors Alliance Group.


Many pregnant women do not seek medical attention for their back pain because they believe it’s just a “normal” part of pregnancy. It’s important to know that dealing with gruelling pain that prevents you from accomplishing day-to-day tasks is anything but normal, even when you’re pregnant. Here are some tips to manage pain that is commonly experienced during pregnancy.


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By including regular physical exercises in your daily routine, your back muscles are strengthened and the possibilities of experiencing back pain will be reduced significantly. With the approval of your health care provider, try simple and non-vigorous exercises such as walking. Physical therapies will also benefit pregnant ladies with gentle stretches and exercises that might help relieve any existing pains and aches. For stubborn back pain, you might want to try stretching your lower back while resting your hands and knees with your head aligned with your back. Hold for about 10 seconds before relaxing your stomach, keeping your back flat.





Some people turn to breathing exercises to manage contractions and labour pain. Breathe in deeply in a slow rhythm whenever you experience contractions. Release any tensions you are feeling with each exhalation. In addition, try taking in quick breaths every 2 to 3 seconds in a total of 20 to 30 minutes. Once you noticed that you have lost track of your rhythm, get your partner or buddy to help you regain it with making proper eye contact. Conducting rhythmic hand of head movements are helpful too.





One common barrier to women seeking care for their back pain is a reluctance to take too many medications while pregnant. Fortunately, there are many drug-free, non-invasive options for relieving pelvic and back pain during pregnancy and beyond. A recent study confirms that chiropractic care can offer pregnant women safe and effective relief of pelvic and back pain. Surveys show that most pregnant women are satisfied with the care they receive from chiropractors. Chiropractors use gentle, low-force spinal adjustments when working with pregnant women or other sensitive patients, like the elderly or children. These spinal adjustments are often combined with massage, stretching, and exercise rehabilitation for effective, natural relief. Chiropractic has also been shown to be effective for women with migraine during pregnancy.






Peterson CK, et al. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.


George JW, et al. A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology 2013;208(4):295.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2012.10.869.