River Ridge Chiropractic

Changes to the Body

There are many changes to the body that occur during pregnancy:

  • The body’s center of gravity moves forward due to the growing belly, which causes an extra strain on the low back. 

  • Increased breast size to prepare for lactation adds additional strain to the mid and upper back.  

  • Modified gait becomes wide, which creates skeletal joint and muscle mobility variation.  This gait can aggravate pelvic joints, hip joints, sciatic nerves, and supporting uterine ligaments.  

  • Relaxin hormone relaxes ligaments of the pelvis to prepare the body for delivery and continues to circulate in the body until up to 4 months after you finish breast feeding.  This means any associated symptoms, such as reduced stability in your pelvis and joints, also linger for this amount of time.

  • Modified posture through the shoulders to offset the change in center of gravity, causing a loss of the cervical curve and can lead to neck pain and headaches.

  • Pelvic misalignment alters the pelvic opening and creates tension through the soft tissues which support the uterus

  • Growing baby and increased fetal movement creates expansion of the lower rib cage, which can aggravate the mid back joints that connect to ribs.

River Ridge Chiropractic Care utilizes various techniques to relieve the aches and pains due to pregnancy.


We utilize modified adjustments, soft tissue massage, and stretching and exercises to relieve pain and restore proper motion of the pelvis.  Pregnancy pillows are utilized during adjustments to allow comfortability for the pregnant mom to lay down during treatment. Gentle chiropractic treatment is safe and effective during pregnancy.  

Potential benefits of chiropractic treatment during pregnancy:

  • Relieve back, neck, and joint pain

  • Realign and relax the ligaments and muscles of the pelvis

  • Reducing time of labor and delivery

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy

  • Controlling symptoms of nausea

  • Creating optimal environment of baby to grow and develop

Common Conditions

Common conditions that can occur during the pregnancy:

  • Low back pain-  Low back pain is caused by the expanding uterus.  As it grows, it shifts your center gravity and stretches out (weakens) the abdominal muscles.  These changes can affect posture and put a strain on the low back. The extra weight due to pregnancy also causes an increased stress on the joints and increases the workload of the muscles, which increases pain.

    • The Relaxin hormone can also make you feel less stable and painful while walking, rolling over in bed, standing and sitting for long periods, or climbing stairs. Many women experience low back pain during the second half of the pregnancy.

    • Low back pain can be described as pain around the spine of the low back and/or deep pain in the buttocks or back of thighs.

  • Headaches and neck pain- Headaches and neck pain are caused by the postural changes and increased tension, as well as the hormonal changes during the pregnancy.  Headaches are common and usually occur during the first trimester.

    • Tension headaches feel like a squeezing or steady dull ache pain on the sides of your head or back of your neck.

    • Migraine headaches can cause a throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, accompanied by visual disturbances or nausea. If migraine headaches persist and/or increase into the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, call your healthcare provider.

    • Neck pain can occur throughout the pregnancy, due to the increased breast size and center of gravity shift.

    • Tension in the back of the neck and upper shoulders can cause a dull ache or cramping sensation.

  • Sciatic nerve pain-  Sciatic nerve pain is caused by the increased pressure on the nerve by the developing baby.

    • The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, which provides sensory and motor function to the legs and sensory to the back of the thigh, lower part of the leg, and sole of the foot.

    • When increased pressure is applied to the sciatic nerve, a sharp shooting pain can occur in the low back or down the back of your leg.

    • Many women experience sciatic nerve pain during the second and third trimesters.  

  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction-  Pubic symphysis pain is caused by the increased weight gain, postural changes, and the hormones loosening ligaments holding the pelvis together. The pubic bone in the lower abdomen and groin area is attached by a cartilage called the pubic symphysis.

    • Pubic symphysis dysfunction occurs when the ligaments that normally keep your pelvic bone aligned during pregnancy becomes too relaxed and stretched too soon before birth.  This can make the pelvic joint, aka the symphysis pubic, unstable and cause pelvic pain.

    • The most common symptoms are difficulty walking and wrenching pain.

    • The pain can worsen when walking or during any weight bearing activities, especially activities involving lifting one leg, such as climbing stairs, getting in and out of a car, getting dressed, or even turning over in bed.  

  • Round ligament pain-  Round ligament pain is caused by the growing uterus.  There are two round ligaments in your pelvis, one on each side of the uterus.  As the uterus grows, the round ligaments stretch and thicken to accommodate and support the uterus.

    • These changes can cause a brief, sharp, stabbing pain while suddenly changing positions or a longer-lasting dull ache after activity located in the lower belly or groin area.

    • Women who experience round ligament pain are likely to experience it during the second trimester.

  • Carpal tunnel-  Carpal tunnel during pregnancy is caused by fluid retention in the body, which causes swelling and increased pressure on the carpal tunnel, which is a bony canal formed by the wrist bones.

    • The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, and if compressed by the fluid or other pressure in the wrist, it causes numbness, tingling, pain, or a dull ache in the wrist, thumb, and pointer finger.

    • Many women experience carpal tunnel in the second trimester due to the increase in fluid retention.

Conditions during Pregnancy