Pregnant and in pain? You’ve just joined the masses: 80 percent of pregnant women experience pelvic pain at some point in their pregnancy. But what can you do about it?
As a woman’s pregnancy advances, her uterus enlarges. This enlarging uterus moves her center of gravity forward of her feet. This shift in a center of gravity causes alignment adjustments and overcompensation, consequently causing pelvic pain. Furthermore, the additional weight being carried places pressure on the bladder, hips, pelvis, and spine (increasing stress on the bones, joints and muscles). No wonder this pain is so commonly seen.
What will help?
A lot! There are varying exercises and stretches that will help minimize your pelvic pain during pregnancy. These exercises include – but are not limited to – pelvic rocking, child’s pose, kegel exercises, and squats. Intrigued? Visit my breakdown of how to help minimize your pain, here.
In addition to exercise, you may also find it helpful to purchase a belly sling to lessen the effect of gravity and help stabilize the pelvis. Swimming or simply movement in water can also be a beneficial way to minimize pain while pregnant. The natural anti-gravity effects of water give your body a break from bearing the extra weight.
Wishing you and your baby a healthy delivery!
–Megal Sabol, DPT, OCS, COMT