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Pain Management During Pregnancy

pregnancySo much has been said about the dangers of Tylenol during pregnancy recently. An article published in February associated acetaminophen use during pregnancy to a higher risk for ADHD-like behaviors in children(1). It is important to remember that associations can be due to many factors and this is not a causative link. Still, I think it all gives us pause and suspicion when we consider safe pain management in pregnancy. That’s one of the primary goals of our care at LGCWC.

Pain management is a big concern for pregnant women. It continues to be a concern after childbirth because of breastfeeding and potential passage of drugs into the newborn. A study showed that even one year after delivery around half of women still complained of back pain symptoms. Women without a history of BP before pregnancy who developed back pain during their pregnancy were found to have a lower likelihood of improving(2). These are the women who need the most care and attention and pain management strategies.

A doctor in USA Today writes: “We really should start looking at non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain.” It’s good to see mainstream medicine and research finally turning an eye toward alternative care. LGCWC has been providing this type of care for almost a decade, look no further! Pregnant women are getting safe, natural solutions for common ailments, especially relief for their pain. Through a combination of adjustments, light exercise, postural retraining, massage, and herbal supplements we’re giving women many strategies to not only deal with pain, but eliminate it.

1. Liew Z et al. Acetaminophen use during pregnancy, behavioral problems, hyperkinetic disorders. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Feb 24. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4914

2. Padau et al. Back pain in pregnancy: 1-year follow-up of untreated cases. Eur Spine J.Mar 2005;14(2): 151-154.

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