How Pregnancy Affects Hip & Joint Health

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Preparing for a new addition to your family can be simultaneously exciting and daunting. From adjusting to a new sleep schedule to learning how to keep your growing baby healthy, caring for yourself in the process may fall to the wayside. While your body adjusts to the pregnancy, you may begin to experience some aches and pains, specifically in the hips and low back.

Why Pregnancy Causes Joint Pain

The body undergoes several major changes during pregnancy. In the first trimester, up to the 12th week of pregnancy, the body begins to change rapidly to accommodate the growth of the baby. Morning sickness, headaches, constipation, and fatigue are typically experienced. During the second trimester, backaches and cramps become common as the body starts to gain weight. Finally, in the third trimester leading up to labor, hip pain, back pain, and sciatica can become unbearable as the rapid weight gain begins to take its toll.

Hip and low back pain can severely limit your mobility and reduce your quality of life, especially during pregnancy. Common causes of pregnancy-related joint pain include:

  • Arthritis. This is a common condition that causes joint pain and inflammation. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, all of which can cause severe joint pain. Sometimes pregnancy can cause arthritis to develop or even worsen current arthritis symptoms.
  • Vitamin Deficiency. There are many vitamins and minerals that are essential for the growth of both the mother and her baby. Prenatal and postnatal vitamins, as prescribed by your doctor, can not only ensure healthy fetal development, but can also help the mother adapt to the growing baby and improve her overall health.
  • Weight Gain. The more weight you carry, the more pressure you put on your joints. This is especially true during pregnancy. The growing baby won’t be the only thing increasing the number on the scale: water weight will also become a significant source of weight gain. This can increase joint stiffness and put a lot of pressure on low body joints like the hips & knees.

Addressing Pregnancy-Related Joint Pain

Finding solutions to joint problems while pregnant can be more difficult than addressing the joint pain pre-pregnancy. Certain medications or foods that might have alleviated the joint pain before pregnancy may now be off-limits.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to help alleviate pregnancy-related joint pain naturally and safely. One of the simplest things you can do for your joints is to work on an exercise routine that effectively strengthens the muscles surrounding your joints and keeps them supported.

Can You Exercise Safely While Pregnant?

Generally, exercising is safe, and can even provide health benefits to both you and your baby. Many expecting mothers have noted that exercising regularly promotes healthy weight gain, reduces hip and back pain, and even strengthens heart and blood circulation.

However, it’s important to discuss any activities you plan to do with your doctor during prenatal visits. Open communication with your health care team and taking time to learn what exercises will work best for you can ensure you’re taking proper precautions and minimizing any potential risks.

Exercises & Stretches for Pregnancy-Related Hip & Low Back Pain

If you’re currently struggling with hip and low back pain due to pregnancy, Airrosti’s Bill Kempe, DC, demonstrates a few exercises and stretches you can try that may help alleviate the pain.

Mobility Minute: Pregnancy & Low Back Pain

Treating Joint Pain with Airrosti

Don’t let these aches and pains dampen your spirits during this exciting time. If you’ve been struggling  with pregnancy-related hip or low back pain and need some relief, schedule an appointment with an Airrosti provider today. Our providers can help diagnose the root cause of your pain and provide the tools and resources you need to find relief and prevent further injury.

We offer both in-office and virtual appointments to best suit your needs. To learn more about treatment with Airrosti, click here or give us a call at (800) 404-6050.

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