Rib pain during exercise
Rib pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, due to the changes in the body where your baby grows.
When you are pregnant, did you know that by week 37 your uterus increases in size and sits just behind your breastbone. As a result there is an increase in pressure on the ribs that leads to rib pain and discomfort. This can also put a greater amount of pressure on your diaphragm so your body and muscles around the rib cage need to work that little bit harder when you breath. Another cause of pain can be from your baby, as he/she moves around and kicks.
Hormonal changes also occur as a result of being pregnant. There is a hormone that is released during pregnancy that relaxes the ligaments in the body to allow the pelvis to slightly adjust to accommodate the growing baby. In doing so, however, this can place extra strain on the back and the ribs, again causing pain.
If you are experiencing rib pain, there are some things that you can do to try and decrease the discomfort you are feeling, and one of them is seeing a physiotherapist at Ideal Physiotherapy who has the training and experience to deal with prenatal musculoskeletal problems. With a combination of hands on treatment and exercises, your pain can be minimized making your pregnancy a lot more comfortable and pain free.
Exercise to assist during pregnancy:
Try this cat stretch exercise to help get some movement in your spine at home. Repeat 10-20 times.
Start in four-point kneeling on your hands and knees with hands directly under your shoulders and knees directly under your hips. Breath in slowly whilst rounding your shoulders and tucking your chin to your chest. Slowly breath out and return to the starting position.