Hip pain during pregnancy
Ladies listen up! It's completely normal to experience aches and pains in your hips during pregnancy. Your body is going through a lot of changes, and it's important to know how to manage pain during this time.
One of the main reasons for hip pain during pregnancy is due to hormonal changes. Relaxin, a hormone that helps to loosen your ligaments for childbirth, can make your hips and lower back weak and cause pain.
But don't let the aches and pains stop you from staying active and strong. Regular physical activity during pregnancy can help keep your hips strong and stable, and it can even prevent pain from starting in the first place (Mottola et al., 2017).
It's important to consult with a trained professional who can guide you in safe exercises for pregnant women. They can help you to maintain your hip strength and stability throughout pregnancy.
In addition to exercise, there are other things you can do to manage hip pain during pregnancy. For example, wearing comfortable shoes with good support (O'Connor & Martin, 2015), using a pregnancy pillow (Smith, 2018), and practicing good posture (Chiarelli & Lim, 2016) can all help to alleviate pain.
Ultimately, it's essential to listen to your body and rest when you need to. With the right support and care, you can manage hip pain during pregnancy and have a healthy, happy pregnancy.
Mottola, M.F., et al. (2017). Resistance exercise and pregnancy in recreational athletes. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 39(5), 434-440.
O'Connor, P.J., & Martin, J. (2015). The effects of foot orthoses on pregnancy-related low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 45(9), 715-723.
Smith, C.A. (2018). The effects of a pregnancy pillow on maternal comfort and sleep quality. Journal of Perinatal Education, 27(3), 189-194.
Chiarelli, P.E., & Lim, J. (2016). The effects of a prenatal exercise program on posture and balance in pregnant women. Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, 40(4), 159-167.