What You Need To Know About Joint Pain During Pregnancy
Pregnancy can bring all sorts of pains and aches throughout your body and joint pain is one among them. While joint pain can occur during any point of pregnancy, it is most common during the second and third trimesters. But fortunately, it is possible for you to relieve it.
Common Joint Pain Areas During Pregnancy
While you may feel pain all through your body, certain joints will be more affected during pregnancy than others. Some of them include:
Sacroiliac/Hip Joint Pain: Sacroiliac joints are the joints located between your pelvis and tail bone area. These joints play a significant role in supporting your body weight along with distributing it across your pelvis.
Knee Pain: The weight gain during pregnancy can put more pressure on your joints and might lead to joint pain.
Lumbar Or Lower Back Pain: During pregnancy, the ligaments in your pelvic area will soften. It can trigger lumbar or lower back pain.
Pelvic Joint Pain: You might experience pain in the pelvic area located in the front center of the pubic bone, perineum area, or in the lower back. This can lead to a more severe condition known as symphysis pubis dysfunction.
Why Do You Experience Joint Pain During Pregnancy?
Joint pain that happens during pregnancy can be a result of a large number of factors including:
- Increased weight and pressure on lower extremities.
- Ligament relaxation occurring because of a hormone called relaxin.
- The postural shifts that happen to accommodate the pregnancy.
The following are some of the common reasons for joint pain during pregnancy:
As your uterus grows, it causes a shift in the center of gravity and weakens the abdominal muscles. This can increase the stress on the lower back and lead to pain.
As you gain weight, it can increase the stress on your joints and bones leading to pain while you sit, walk, or sleep.
Various pregnancy hormones like progesterone and relaxin can cause ligamentous laxity (loose ligaments). This can also trigger joint pain.
Tips To Relieve Joint Pain During Pregnancy
The following tips can help with joint pain relief during pregnancy:
- Correct postural dysfunctions
- Change your sleep position
- Exercise regularly
- Use a belly band
- Get a prenatal massage
- Apply heat to the area
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
These tips can be helpful for you to ease the stress on your joints thereby controlling pain. You can seek the help of a therapist who can suggest the best exercises and activities that can aid to control your joint pain during pregnancy.