The hormone called relaxin is the primary contributor of joint pain during pregnancy. It relaxes various joints in the body particularly those located in the pelvic area in preparation of giving birth. Although relaxin is very helpful in the birthing process, it results to pain in the lower back, hips, and legs as a considerable amount of weight from the uterus is subjected to them. If not treated accordingly, this can even result to inflammation and misalignment of bones. Unlike common cases, joint pain during pregnancy can't be addressed by strong pain-killers as they can introduce harmful side effects to the baby. If you are currently dealing with this problem, here are three natural and proven effective ways to keep your joints free from pain all throughout pregnancy.
A Vegan Diet
Your diet must only consist of vegetables and fruits if you want to avoid joint pain while being pregnant. Leafy greens are an excellent source of calcium. Many believe milk to be a great source of calcium during this fragile period but they disregarded the fact that the protein that comes with it (as well as all the hormones, antibiotics and chemical residue found in milk and all other animal by-products) can lead to joint pain. Nevertheless, this must only be done with the strict supervision of a professional dietitian to avoid compromising your health and the baby's.
Prenatal yoga and Pilates are great exercises to ease or even totally eliminate joint pain during pregnancy. In contrary to known beliefs, walking is not very beneficial for pregnant women as it will only worsen hip and joint pain. If you are suffering from severe pain, let a chiropractor assess your situation. He will most likely conduct sessions to align your bones which alleviates joint pain.
A therapeutic massage or a warm bath can provide instant relief to joint pain during pregnancy. Just make sure to avail the services of a masseur who has the knowledge and experience in handling pregnant women to avoid complications. Swimming in a pool is also advisable since it can help release the tension away from your joints and allow you to do strengthening exercises without risking injury.
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