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July 14, 2017 06:11 PM

Easing The Pains Of Pregnancy

Being an expecting mother comes with a lot of stress and worry, and since you are also carrying another person around, it also comes with some added aches and pains.

A physical therapist explains how you can manage your discomfort.

"A lot of our patients are dealing with some low back, pelvic girdle pain and just dealing with the postural pain that takes place with pregnancy," Sanford Health Physical Therapist Shannen Bozied said.

The pain can grow as baby grows.

"Usually about that halfway point or beyond though we start noticing more heavy pressure and more aches and pains through the spine. To be able to offload that spine and have some external support to help out is really what those maternity belts are used for. They can be really helpful for people having to work during their pregnancy as well just to manage pain throughout the day," Bozied said.

Some expectant mothers will develop pain in a specific area.  

"Pelvic girdle pain is kind of a catch-all term for lack of a better way to put it and it can be a lot of things. During pregnancy though, pelvic girdle pain we are looking at the back of the spine and the muscles coming from that area. In pregnancy, we all know we tend to loosen up in preparation for labor and delivery. With that we can get a lot of pain because we don't have our normal stability through there," Bozied said

There are activities women can do to help ease the pain.  

"Whether it's during pregnancy or labor and delivery, a really easy way to use that stability ball would be to be on a table or chair and leaning over it with your chest resting and your head and neck resting.  That way you can allow baby to relax and just fall to the floor. Essentially what that is doing is offloading your spine, which baby is normally putting a lot of pressure on," Bozied said.

Bozied says if you are feeling some aches and pains, it's always a good idea to make an appointment with a physical therapist. She said they can also teach some proper ways to tighten your core and get back in shape after giving birth.

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