A Time of Change
Pregnancy can be an exciting time for a mother and her loved ones, but it is also a time of great physical and emotional change. Sickness and discomfort are commonly experienced and often expected during pregnancy. One such discomfort is low back pain, which is reported to affect 1 in 2 pregnant women. Many patients are told that while treatment is available, back pain is best relieved through delivery. This may be true in some cases, but research reports that nearly 10% of all pregnant women experience low back pain severe enough to require bedrest, absence from work, or limit other daily activities. Other researchers have explained that pain originating from a specific joint (called the sacroiliac joint) can continue for several months after delivery. In cases such as these, low back pain cannot be ignored. Treatment is readily available, and it is also possible to significantly reduce or eliminate such pain.