Pregnancy and Back Pain

The joy of preparing for a new baby is diminished for many women by persistent back pain during pregnancy. 

How common is back pain during pregnancy?

During pregnancy a woman’s body changes dramatically. Pregnancy is a time of constant change in preparation for the new and growing baby. Postural changes, increased weight gain and the ligaments becoming stretched are a normal progression of pregnancy and can often be the cause of pain and discomfort in expectant mothers. Almost half of all pregnant women experience back pain during pregnancy.

What causes back pain?

There is no single cause to explain back pain during pregnancy, however, postural and hormonal changes do contribute to the problem.

The most common postural changes are due to the bulk of the growing baby, the enlarging breasts and secondary weight gain.

Hormones released during pregnancy, particularly oestrogen and progesterone, cause softening and relaxation of the ligaments and joints making them more prone to injury and pain.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms can include low back pain, pelvic and pubic joint pain, leg and hip pain and pain in the ribcage, shoulder girdle, and neck. Headache and migraine, heartburn and numbness in the arms and legs are also common symptoms.

Can it be treated?

A range of techniques suitable for the pregnant woman are used to provide comfort and pain relief. This, along with muscle relaxation techniques, education about the best positions to adopt to support your back, muscle strengthening exercises, sleeping advice and the use of a pelvic support belt, if needed, provide excellent support to help you accommodate the changes your body is undergoing.

We treat lots of pregnant women here at Newbury Chiropractic Centre and have a special cushion allowing our patient to lie on her front.


Making a few simple everyday changes can help to keep back pain to a minimum:


Accept back pain as normal

Carry children whilst doing household chores

Wear tight clothing which may restrict normal joint movement

Wear high heels


Consult your chiropractor as needed

Keep a straight back when standing for a long time

Continue to gently exercise

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What our patients say

Here at Newbury Chiropractic Centre we are very proud of the great results that we achieve for our patients ā€“ but don't just take our word for it, see for yourself!

“After treatment, Iā€™m pain free following injuries to my ankle and shoulder. I can now run and keep up with the children!”

Mrs L.K., Newbury

“I have less pain, more flexibility and less reliance on painkillers, less time off work and am able to do more with my family. Regular checkups help prevent any flare-ups.”

Mrs J.H., Speen

“Every visit I have my treatment explained and am invited to come back whenever I feel I need more treatment. I know when it is time for my next visit because my body tells me, the timing is just right.”

Mrs B.B., Newbury

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