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Is supporting your baby hurting your back?

The weight of a growing baby causes increased stress on the body.  Specifically the low back, hips, pelvis and ribs are affected.  During pregnancy, the body releases a hormone called elastin that softens the joints and ligaments in preparation for delivery.  While this increased flexibility is good for the birthing process, it can be detrimental for the mother’s joints while under the load of a growing baby. 

As the baby grows, the curve or lordosis or the low back increases.  This anterior pelvic tilt puts increased force on the facet joints in the lumbar spine which causes localized pain.  Swelling and water retention also increases during pregnancy.  Consequently, nerve compression conditions, including sciatica and carpal tunnel, often occur.  The growing baby expands the ribcage which can cause sharp pain in the upper back, abdomen or chest.  Muscle, joint and nerve pain coupled with the other discomforts of pregnancy can make the experience of pregnancy very uncomfortable.

Traditional medical treatments such as drugs, injections and surgery are usually not available to pregnant women.  Chiropractic treatment for pregnant women is safe and effective for both mother and baby.  Dr. Ward utilizes gentle joint mobilization, targeted massage and stretching to relieve pregnancy related joint pain.  Dr. Ward also practices Webster technique.  This chiropractic technique was developed specifically for mothers with babies in a breech presentation.


We pride ourselves in our caring and long-term relationships we develop with our patients, so to request an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to seeing you.

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Dr. Ward and his staff are fantastic! When I came for my first visit, I was welcomed warmly and didn't wait long at all. Each time I was able to make an appointment without any problems. The pain in my hips has improved significantly and faster than I was expecting. Having found this wonderful office, I am able to be active again without pushing through pain.

Abby C.
Fairfax, VA

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