(Keywords: leg pain during pregnancy, chiropractic, sacroiliac joint inflammation, chiropractic tips)
Leg pain can mean anything from a joint pain, for example around the pubic bone, to groin pain, inner thigh pain, calf and foot pain, and sciatica. A huge group of conditions, I hope you will agree.
The sources of pain can be vascular, muscular, joint and nerve in origin. Again vast.
We'll start with the pelvis. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the body releases a hormone called Relaxin that, believe it or not!, relaxes the ligaments of the pelvis. The reason is obvious. Baby has to pass through a rather small canal in the pelvis, and the three joints of the pelvis need to be able to stretch. A tight squeeze I think you'll agree ...!
Three joints? Yes, two identical mirror-image joints near two prominent bony bumps ( SACROILIAC JOINT ANATOMY ) which you can feel low down in the pelvis (in the lower back). The third is where the two pubic bones meet in the front. The PUBIC SYMPHYSIS. All three of these joints can be trouble makers, both during pregnancy and afterwards, and all three can contribute to sacroiliac joint inflammation and leg pain during pregnancy.
Low back pain and leg pain during pregnancy is assumed by many to be inevitable, and there's nothing to be done. Accept it, it goes with pregnancy. You want to have babies? Then expect back pain. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In the first place every woman should and could start pelvic exercises, even before baby is a twinkle in the eye. In the planning phase, not only start thinking about a nursery, but also getting the body in shape.
The right exercises, now! Not any old exercises that may make you worse. If you sign up for our Hot Chiropractic Tips, amongst a whole lot of other useful information, you will get some simple and safe back exercises. You'll find Chiropractic tips in the navigation bar, now on the left, soon to be at the top.
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Okay. Signed up for the tips? Let's proceed. Here you can see the pelvis from the front. The Sacro-Iliac Joints are labelled, and the third joint which is called the Pubic symphysis. It's in the front where the two large Pubic bones meet.
Meantime, Leg pain during pregnancy caseFile ... gives additional interesting reading.
Run your finger down from your navel, and the first hard bone you meet is what we're talking about. That may well be the cause of leg pain during pregnancy. And, if you ignore it, Sacroiliac Joint inflammation will start.
Is it tender? Here often is the source of leg pain during pregnancy. Slide your finger sideways, and deeper and lower. There are actually two pubic bones here on each side, one superior and one inferior. Here is an X-ray of the two pubic bones, or 'rami' as they are called. One pubic ramus, two rami, one superior and one inferior with a large hole in the middle.
See them? You should. Both have fractures in them. Ouch!
An aside. Painful fractures are the future of every woman who won't start as a young woman taking preventative action. Your little baby is going to suck it out of you! Literally. Three important things that EVERY woman should do, or experience the sheer misery of the causes of OSTEOPOROSIS and bone fractures. All women, including young child-bearing women, should consider the causes of Osteoporosis ...
3. For the rest, cow's milk remains controversial. It causes allergies (got a frog in your throat? It's probably milk or a milk product that causing it.) I haven't settled it in my own mind, but don't blithely accept that dairy is all good. We're just not sure. Rather take some extra calcium. The right one. Talk to your pharmacist, and ask your doctor to prescribe it for you. Calcium Carbonate is quite useless.
Incidently, if you were overweight when you fell pregnant, you have to be very careful if you want to lose weight whilst pregnant or breast feeding. Do it under a nutritionist's guidance. After the birth of your child, your milk is very rich in fat, and cutting out all fat in your diet (to lose weight) will have a very detrimental effect on your baby's brain. Brain tissue is mainly fat remember, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Olive Garden Nutrition ...
Three pecan nuts a day, ground flaxseeds, avocados and fatty fish will provide all your needs of omega-3. Because they go rancid so quickly you must look for freshly cracked and ground sources.
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This is going to be a long session. I've just taken a tea break. Want to join me? Movement remember reduces sacroiliac joint inflammation! Joint fixation increases it. Click here to try some of this lovely tea with no milk and no sugar at DRINKING WATER ... and then scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Right, got your tea? I've got large mug of weak black tea with a mandarin sliced in it today. I use lots of different fruits in my tea. It's quite sweet enough without sugar.
Where were we? Oh yes, the pubic rami as a cause of leg pain during pregnancy. Now these little bones are the origin of some very important muscles that run down the inner thigh. They are called the Adductors and often are a great source of leg pain during pregnancy.
Quite often during pregnancy, ( PUBIC BONE PAIN ) the pubic joint (pubic symphysis is its name), the pubic rami and the Adductors become extremely painful. Perhaps I should emphasize that. EXTREMELY PAINFUL! What's more don't believe your doctor if he says that leg pain during pregnancy is just part of the deal, and you must accept it.
The bad news? If you don't deal with it now, then making the next baby is likely to be extremely painful! This is a very treatable syndrome. I'm talking about significant relief within a few days or certainly a couple weeks.
SacroIliac Joint inflammation
It was a Swiss chiropractor Dr Fred Illi who first is credited with establishing that the sacroiliac joint is a freely movable joint. Much contrary to medical opinion of the time (in the 1940's) which considered it an immovable joint and incapable of causing low back pain.
New medical research now confirms that sacroiliac joint inflammation is probably the cause of about 30% of lower lumbar back pain.
At Chiropractic Help we strongly advocate mobilising and adjusting the fixated sacroiliac joint when it becomes stuck, it may well be the cause of your leg pain during pregnancy, and not waiting for that dreaded inflammation to set in. Other research confirms that fixated joints become arthritic joints (called Immobilisation Arthritis). Hyaline cartilage starved of nutrients first causes pain. If you don't listen, then irreverible degenerative arthritis sets in and sacroiliac joint inflammation. Pain is believe it or not your friend. It's trying to tell you something, and just turning it off, or ignoring it, is very silly ...
From Chiropractic Tips you'll get some simple exercises to mobilise your sacroiliac joint. If they don't loosen it up, then see your chiropractor. Not in six months' time!
Aside. Do you know the Rule of Three concerning the inconsolable, crying baby? For more information, click here. COLIC CHIROPRACTIC ...
During the second exercise, when pulling both knees to the chest, merely open the thighs to allow room for the baby.
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