The Simple Truth about Pregnancy-Related Back / Pelvic Pain

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                                PREGNANCY PAIN                                  RELIEF

The simple truth about pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain is:

If your pelvis gets driven forward / downward in response to your baby’s front loaded weight, you will likely experience pregnancy-related back and/or pelvic pain.

If you can reset and then support your upright pelvis, you will likely be able to get sustained relief of your pregnancy-related discomfort.

Is it really this simple?

Yes, it is

Why is this?

When your pelvis is upright, gravity acts to tighten the ligaments that support your low back, pelvis, hips, and legs. This is your body’s natural position of comfort and stability.

When your pelvis is driven forward / downward, the ligaments that support your pelvis loosen and gravity now acts to draw your pelvic bones apart. This sets off a “chain reaction” that destabilizes your low back, pelvis, hips, and legs and renders you more vulnerable to developing pain.

What’s the best way to reset your upright pelvis and get relief?

Pelvic tilt exercises, which rock your pelvis back up and flatten the curve in your low back, are the best way to reset your upright pelvis and get relief.

If it is really this easy, why do so many women (maybe including yourself) do pelvic tilt exercises and still fail to get much relief?

The problem is that the common maternity pelvic tilt exercises, found online and often provided by health care practitioners, are not powerful enough the actually reset your upright pelvis.

What you need are more specialized pelvic tilt exercises which combine body positioning, muscle power, and leverage to help reset your upright pelvis.

Here is one of the special PELVIC TILT EXERCISES our patients use to reset their upright pelvis and get relief.

What if this specialized pelvic tilt exercise is not enough for you to get sustained relief?

Stay hopeful and don’t give up, this is a common complication that occurs with around 50% of my patients trying to relieve their pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain.

Most of the time, this means that your pelvis has become “too loose” either from the pregnancy hormones and/or overloaded from your baby’s front loaded weight to maintain its upright position as you function throughout the day.

The solution here is to add the use of a maternity garment that effectively supports your pelvis in its stable, upright position.

What we noticed with our patients is that the traditional maternity supports, which wrap horizontally around your low back and attach under your belly, are not particularly effective in supporting the upright pelvis and providing relief.

To solve this problem, we have developed a breakthrough new maternity support, called MaternaLIFT. By directly supporting the upright pelvis, our patients consistently report that MaternaLIFT is more effective in providing sustained relief as they function throughout the day.

Would you benefit from wearing MaternaLIFT?

Consult with your health care practitioner to help you develop your care plan to support your upright pelvis, and relieve your pregnancy-related pain. If your practitioner is unfamiliar with our special pelvic tilt exercise and/or MaternaLIFT, share this blog with them for their review.

If you are interested in purchasing a MaternaLIFT, go to our website at www.maternalift.com to order.

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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When Should You Consider Using Maternity Support?

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   NO Support                          Traditional Support                  MATERNALIFT Support

To answer this question, it helps to first understand the underlying cause of your pregnancy-related discomfort, the disruption of your upright pelvis.

As your baby grows within the uterus and your muscles loosen in response to the pregnancy hormones, your pelvis wants to rock forward / downward. This forward rotation of your pelvis increases the stress on your back, pelvis, hips, and legs and is the underlying cause of most pregnancy-related pain.

To get relief, it works best to focus on activities which help to reset and support your upright pelvis. You can either first try light exercises to reset your upright pelvis or you can go directly to the use of maternity support to get relief.

If you prefer to try light exercise, check out step 1 of our HOME PROGRAM and you can view a video demonstration of the best corrective exercise I’ve seen to help reset the upright pelvis. The exercise tends to work the best when your discomfort is mild and intermittent.

If you are in significant pain and/or are unable to get lasting relief with the corrective exercise, this is when I recommend that you consider using maternity support.

It is common in pregnancy that your pelvic joints can become destabilized to the point in which you are simply unable to maintain your upright pelvis as you function throughout the day.

Here is a list of some factors which can contribute to the destabilization of your pelvis in pregnancy:

  • your muscles and ligaments get excessively loose in response to the pregnancy hormones
  • you’ve been through previous pregnancies / childbirths (especially  previous C-section births)
  • the size of your baby
  • your body shape and fitness level (especially your core strength)
  • pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets, etc)
  • your daily activity requirements and associated body mechanics (lifting / handling of young children etc..)

The bottom line is that if you are unable to get lasting relief following the execution of your exercises, your pelvis has likely been destabilized and you can benefit from added the use of maternity support.

Now, the question is:  Which Maternity Support Should I Choose?

Let’s take a closer look at the two types of maternity support above and compare.

See how the traditional maternity support brace wraps more horizontally around your waist and anchors in the front. This flatter angle of pull creates a “hugging” effect which tends to support your pelvis in its current, forward stressed position. Also, this type of supports creates tension over the hyper-sensitive underbelly zone and can be uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Notice how the MATERNALIFT  support straps come down from a steeper angle and anchor above the hips. This support pattern creates more of a “lifting” effect as it helps to rock the pelvis back into its upright position. Also, with no strap tension focuses over the underbelly zone, this support tends to be more comfortable to wear, especially when sitting.

The advantages of the traditional maternity support are that it less expensive to purchase and is easier to put on and take off. This may be sufficient if you feel like you just need a bit of extra support when your up and moving around.

The advantages of the MATERNALIFT support are that it provides your body with a higher level of functional support and stabilization and is usually more comfortable to wear. I would recommend this support if your discomfort is significant and you need to wear your support throughout the day.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section, I’ll do my best to help you.

To learn more, you can view our presentation of the HOME PROGRAM and MATERNALIFT

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.