pregnant woman with back pain
Pregnant woman with back pain

Medications for Pain in Pregnancy

Prenatal use of pain medications is generally discouraged unless absolutely necessary since they can cause complications. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

The Safe Way to Manage Pain in Pregnancy

With the joys of pregnancy come all sorts of new aches and pains. Headaches, neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, sciatica, just to name a few. For years now we have been advised that if we need a painkiller, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a safe choice.  But recent research is showing that this may not actually be the case. Studies are showing an increased risk of ADHD and other behavioral problems in our children if we reach for acetaminophen while pregnant. There is no known risk of birth defects associated with acetaminophen use.  But there may be a change in the hormones that are responsible for brain development with acetaminophen use. The study published in JAMA Paediatrics suggests that prenatal use of acetaminophen may as much as double the risk for these behavioural disorders.

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to manage any pain or discomfort resulting from the body changes seen in pregnancy. It also has an added benefit. Studies have shown that women under regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy have shorter, easier deliveries!

Chiropractic for Breech Position

The Webster Technique is a safe, natural way to correct imbalances in the woman’s pelvis. Along with this, it reduces the stress on the ligaments that support the uterus.  This allows the baby to turn in a non-invasive, non-painful way. In expectant mothers with breech babies, there has been a high success rate turning the baby to the normal position.  Moxa is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that can also help turn breech babies.  Our naturopathic doctors provide moxa treatment.

Book an appointment with our chiropractor for pregnancy care here or call the office for more information at 416-481-0222.

Other Alternative Treatments for Pain During Pregnancy

Nutritional supplements:   Certain nutrients can help as natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil, and natural muscle relaxants, such as magnesium.  Supplementation should only be done under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain.  Hair-thin, sterile needles are inserted locally into the affected areas and also at remote points. Acupuncture is used to encourage the production of natural anti-inflammatories in your brain and direct your immune system to the area to speed healing.  There are certain acupuncture points that are unsafe during pregnancy as they may be too stimulating to your uterus.  To be safe, ensure that your Naturopathic Doctor or Acupuncturist is aware that you are pregnant so that these points can be avoided.

Registered Massage Therapy:  Muscle tension can be aggravated during pregnancy due to pregnancy hormones that relax tendons and ligaments and because of the extra weight of the baby.  Massage therapy can relax muscles and maintain proper alignment of the back and joints to relieve pain and make delivery easier and more comfortable. 

Herbal Remedies: Most herbs have not been well-researched during pregnancy for safety as it is considered unethical to do so. Our naturopaths can advise on the safe use of specific herbs during pregnancy.

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