Pregnancy: Aches and Pains

These are very common and may be due to exacerbation of pre-existing condition or develop due to effect of hormones, changes in posture, and extra weight of the growing baby. Treatment for symphysis pubis pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and leg cramps can be very effective with pain often markedly reduced. Research from Sweden (1) concluded that when compared to physiotherapy, acupuncture was the treatment of choice for symphysis pubis and sacroiliac pain.

(1) Elden H, (2005) Ladfors l, Fagevik Olsen M, Ostaard H, Hagberg H. “Effects of acupuncture and stabilising exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: randomised single blind controlled trail”. British Medical Journal;330(7494):761