There really is nothing quite like the moment when you find out you’re pregnant. You instantly find yourself imagining the future – holding baby for the first time, feeling that little hand grip your finger, and the surreal feeling of bringing your own little human into the world. But of course, as we all know, nothing great comes without a few bumps in the road.
Pregnancy is different for every woman – some find themselves breezing through the 9 months leading up to the big day, with very little discomfort. Where others deal with a wide variety of pregnancy symptoms. Wherever you’re sitting in the pre-natal experience, you don’t have to settle with the symptoms. There are often ways to cure pain & discomfort, or at the very least, relieve it for periods of time.
We asked Heidi Wilkins, a local woman in her 2nd trimester (and expecting a little girl in September – congrats Heidi!), what she has experienced throughout her pregnancy, and how she’s been dealing with it.  Here’s what she said:

Pregnancy doesn’t always bring actual pain, but more a general discomfort as we grow a tiny human inside of us. I’ve experienced a lot of pelvic discomfort that has kept me from being as active as I would have liked to be. With the help of a chiropractor who specializes in pre-natal care, and some minor adjustments at home, I am able to keep the discomfort down to a minimum. Sleeping on my side with a pregnancy pillow that goes between my legs, and along my back has helped with the night time pain, and allows me to get out of bed less stiff than I was before. Stretching helps, if you are able to without pain. Warm showers and baths help with muscle cramps, and painful joints. And of course, having a partner pick up the extra duties you would normally do so that you can rest is a big help!

Great suggestions from Heidi, and the symptoms mentioned are not uncommon as most pregnant woman can attest to.
At SHE (Stronger, Healthier, Everyday) Lead The Way’s women’s health program in Lakefield, we work closely with woman who are experiencing pain and problems associated with pregnancy, urinary incontinence and osteoporosis are all conditions a woman may experience at some time in her life. Specifically, when working with pregnant women, lower back and pelvic pain are key problem areas. If you are unsure if Physiotherapy can help you, please call 705-652-6999 for clarification of any questions and ask for Kim Payne, PT or email Kim at
In the mean time, we’ve collected 5 Ways To Relieve Pelvic & Back Pain During Pregnancy, that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Keep well and all the very best in the months to come during your pregnancy!
Practice good posture.
As your baby grows, your center of gravity shifts forward. To avoid falling forward, you might compensate by leaning back — which can strain the muscles in your lower back and contribute to back pain during pregnancy. Keep these principles of good posture in mind:

  • Stand up straight and tall.
  • Hold your chest high.
  • Keep your shoulders back and relaxed.
  • Don’t lock your knees.

When you stand, use a comfortably wide stance for the best support. If you must stand for long periods of time, rest one foot on a low step stool — and take time for frequent breaks.

Good posture also means sitting with care. Choose a chair that supports your back, or place a small pillow behind your lower back.


Sleep on your side.
Sleep on your side, not your back. Keep one or both knees bent. Consider using pregnancy or support pillows between your bent knees, under your abdomen and behind your back.


Try a “sitz bath”.
A sitz bath, which is what it sounds like. It’s where you fill a tub with warm (not hot) or room temperature water up to your thighs — and sit in it. You can try Epsom salts or just plain water to help reduce swelling. It’s also good for treating hemorrhoids.


Switch positions.
Pelvic pain or vulvar swelling can be a result of simply sitting too much or too long in one place. If you walk around, or lay down with your legs higher than your heart, you can reduce this discomfort by allowing for proper drainage.


Exercise regularly–it could help prevent pain in the first place. try these! (consult your doctor first)