Healthy Hoboken – August 2008


[Every month, Hoboken411 will be posting a column to give answers to Hobokenites’ most frequently asked health questions. The column is written by Dr. Laura Brayton of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness. Please send all health-related questions to]

Healthy Hoboken – August 2008

“Dear Dr. Brayton,

I am 7 months pregnant and beginning to develop a lot of lower back pain that I never experienced before. I know that it is common to have back pain during pregnancy but is there anything I can do to help alleviate the symptoms without taking painkillers, which of course, I am avoiding.

Low Back Mama

healthy-hoboken-with-dr-laura-brayton.jpgDear Low Back Mama,

Yes, it is common to have new aches and pains develop during your pregnancy as your body is going through dramatic changes. However, pain is never normal and is indicative of some sort of imbalance occurring within your body. Due to the increased weight in your belly in such a short amount of time as well as hormonal fluctuations that is preparing your body for birth, many physical changes can happen with the alignment of your pelvis and lumbar spine. Your body is releasing hormones that allow the pelvic basin to open up and create the birth canal, however, this also allows for joints to easily shift out of place. By actively addressing these misalignments with chiropractic, massage, yoga, and low-impact exercise that is approved by your doctor, you will strengthen and help support your pelvis and spine. This, in turn, will remove irritation to the nervous system, reduce muscle spasm/tightness, and allow for an easier labor and delivery. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

Yours in health,
Dr. Brayton

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