Pain in pregnancy
It is understandable not to want to take medication while pregnant. Yet the discomfort of pregnancy can sometimes be overwhelming. Pain during pregnancy can disturb sleep, everyday activities and even the ability to work. For some women the pain may only be a mild discomfort, for others it can have a significant impact on their lifestyle.
Pain that is commonly experienced by pregnant women include back and pelvic pain. As the pregnancy increases and the weight of the growing baby puts strain on the pregnant mother’s body, the pain can be excruciating and debilitating.
Pelvic Girdle and Lower Back Pain
Up to 1 in 5 women may suffer from pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy. Almost half of pregnant women will suffer form back pain during pregnancy and after birth. Pain maybe in the low back and buttocks although some may also feel discomfort at the front of pelvic area. Some women even experience radiating pain down one or both of their legs. The pain may worse if they have to stand for a long time. In 7% of women the pain continues after they have given birth becoming a chronic lower back issue. Yet many women are not treated for pain and remain in discomfort throughout their pregnancy. Back and pelvic pain are not normal in pregnancy. There are natural therapy options available.
Acupuncture for pain
According to The Acupuncture Evidence Project, evidence shows a potential positive effect for treating pelvic and lower back pain during pregnancy. If you would like more information on how acupuncture may help alleviate pain you are experiencing please contact Mei Hua Chinese Medicine Clinic.
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