Pregnancy muscle pain
There is not much mystery to the development or exacerbation of pain during pregnancy. Your body is like a biomechanical machine and all the parts need to be able to go through their normal range of motion. This where pregnancy muscle pain begins.
From conception onward, there is an increase in internal pressure putting strain on the muscles and ligaments that have been holding your body in a specific postural presentation.There is also an increase in abdominal and breast weight. These changes are slowly but surely, forcing your body to adapt to new positions, so you can remain in an upright position. Your body’s ability to adapt to these changes will determine how uncomfortable or painful this experience is.
Muscle Strain Pattern
In my clinic, most of the pregnant women I see have an underlying muscle strain pattern that diminishes the ability of their body to adapt to the constantly changing circumstances. Some haven’t experienced previous back or pelvic problems, so this new situation comes completely out of the blue for them. Most have had previous occurrences of pain in some part of the body, and pregnancy aggravates their condition, be it in the lower or upper body regions – or both.
This is the typical scenario where your body is unable to adapt to new positions due to muscle tightness causing pain and inflammation in the over strained muscles that haven’t been able to stretch. When you press your finger into the sore bit and the pain worsens, then it is probably a few tight muscles. The Stretch for Life program is very successful in helping in this situation. Beyond this there is the possibility that your muscular system is not quite strong enough and your muscles are susceptible to strain. A small increase in fitness and muscle tone can make a huge difference to easing pregnancy muscle pain. Sometimes, your baby may have its foot on the sciatic nerve deep in your pelvis causing pain down the back of your thigh. There isn’t much you can so about it other than wait for baby to shift position.
Your problem may be a very deep chronic problem that may need professional help from your osteopath to unravel the real cause of your situation. Following the Stretch for Life program can be very successful in alleviating much of your pain. Then there are the more metabolic things like morning sickness, swelling, carpel tunnel, blood pressure, preclampsia to name a few where you should be under the care of your midwife or doctor.
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