5 QUESTIONS: Test Your Knowledge in Relieving Pregnancy-Related Pain.

back pain

Question 1:

True or False: More than 50% of women will experience some form of back and/or pelvic pain during their pregnancy?

Question 2:

Which body zone is most directly challenged by your developing pregnancy?

  1. Low Back
  2. Pelvis
  3. Hips
  4. Legs

Question 3:

Which activity is the key to relieving pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain?

  1. Build your body strength
  2. Improve your aerobic fitness
  3. Support your upright pelvis
  4. Improve your flexibility

Question 4:

Which of these can you use to help support your upright pelvis?

  1. Maternity core exercises
  2. Prenatal yoga
  3. Pelvic tilt exercises
  4. Maternity Support
  5. All of the above

Question 5:

When should you consider using maternity support?

  1. It’s up to you
  2. If you are pregnant
  3. If you are pregnant and get intermittent pain
  4. If you are pregnant and get persistent pain

You have successfully completed the quiz, let’s go through the answers:

For Question 1:

True or False: More than 50% of women will experience some form of back and/or pelvic pain during their pregnancy?

ANSWER:  True

With your baby’s front loaded weight and your loosening muscles and ligaments, it’s no wonder that studies on this topic conclude that somewhere between 50-70% of woman will experience some form of back and/or pelvic pain in pregnancy. Are you in this category?

For Question 2:

Which body zone is most directly challenged by your developing pregnancy?

  1. Low Back
  2. Pelvis
  3. Hips
  4. Legs

ANSWER:  B. Pelvis

With your baby’s weight focused over your pubic bones, it is your pelvis that is directly challenged by your developing pregnancy. If your pelvis is unable to meet this challenge and rocks forward in response to your baby’s weight, it sets off a “chain reaction” that increases the stress on your low back, hips, and legs.

For Question 3:

Which activity is the key to relieving pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain?

  1. Build your body strength
  2. Improve your aerobic fitness
  3. Support your upright pelvis
  4. Improve your flexibility

ANSWER:  C. Support your upright pelvis.

Even though all of these activities can help to improve your general health and fitness levels, only activities which support your upright pelvis directly address the underlying cause of your pregnancy-related discomfort, the forward rotation of your pelvis.

For Question 4:

Which of these can you use to help support your upright pelvis?

  1. Maternity core exercises
  2. Prenatal yoga
  3. Pelvic tilt exercises
  4. Maternity Support
  5. All of the above

ANSWER:  E. All of the above

There are selections within each category that you can use to help support your upright pelvis and get relief.  Here are some examples:

  1. Maternity core exercises: choosing core exercises that emphasizes the pelvic tilt position and the activation of your deep “inner” core can help you support your upright pelvis. If interested, check out my blog post Exercise Your Inner Core to Help Relieve Pregnancy-Related Back Pain.
  2. Prenatal yoga: choosing poses which rock you pelvis backwards and flattening the curve in your low back help to support your upright pelvis. My favorite poses to do this are Child’s Pose and Happy Baby.
  3. Pelvic tilt exercises: there are special pelvic tilt exercises that combine body positioning, leverage, and muscle activity that are particularity helpful in resetting and supporting your upright pelvis. If interested, check out this Corrective Exercise video of me taking one of my patients through the pelvic tilt exercise I use to help my patients.
  4. Maternity support: As the only support available that directly addresses the underlying cause of pregnancy-related pain, the forward rotated pelvis, our patients use MaternaLIFT to help support their upright pelvis and get relief.

For Question 5:

When should you consider using maternity support?

A.  It’s up to you
B.  If you are pregnant
C.  If you are pregnant and get intermittent pain
D.  If you are pregnant and get persistent pain

ANSWER:  A. It’s up to you

This is really a judgment call on your part. In general, if your discomfort is mild and intermittent, you can usually use light exercise activities to help support your upright pelvis and get relief. If your discomfort is more significant or returns with activity, supporting your upright pelvis with MaternaLIFT is often the best way to get sustained relief.

Congratulations for taking the quiz! I hope that that you learned something about relieving your pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain in the process.

To Summarize:

Regardless of how many questions you answered correctly, the key takeaway from this quiz is that the best way to relieve your pregnancy-related pain is to focus on specific action steps to help to support your upright pelvis.

Ask yourself this simple question and trust your instincts:

What do I need to do to get sustained relief?

Most of my patients have a sense of what they need to do to get relief.  If their discomfort is mild, they usually want to try exercises first. If their discomfort is significant and persistent, they usually know that they will need some form of maternity support to get sustained relief.

As long as you choose action steps that are focused on supporting your upright pelvis, and are appropriate for your circumstances, you will be likely be surprised how much relief you can get.

Consult with your health care practitioner to help you choose the best combination of action steps to help support your upright pelvis and relieve your pregnancy-related pain.

Kevin Hansen, M.P.T., is an obstetrics physical therapy specialist, who practices in Bellevue, Washington State.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

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