Causes of Joint Pain After Pregnancy

Causes of Joint Pain After Pregnancy

Joint pain after pregnancy. The physical effects of pregnancy and childbirth can cause postpartum joint pain. Post pregnancy, a person may feel pain in their knuckles, knees or hips.

Pain can occur along with other symptoms and disrupt daily life. Post-pregnancy joint pain is normal for up to 6 weeks. The person may experience fatigue or have pain with activities, especially activities of daily living. Post-pregnancy joint pain occurs more often and may be more severe if a person is prone to arthritis.

In addition to joint pain following pregnancy, postpartum arthritis (PPA) can cause pain in the joints after childbirth or in the joints immediately following a pregnancy.

PPA and joint pain

Arthritis occurs when the joints are damaged by inflammation. The inflammation causes more pain than normal and leads to pain in the joints or problems with muscle function. Arthritis usually is not painful at first but develops over time. There is often joint swelling which can lead to pain or a tenderness.

What should I do if I have joint pain in my hips?

If you have joint pain in your hips or low back after delivery, your doctor will refer you to a specialist for evaluation. A specialist will look at your treatment options, including your medications, and possible surgery. Treatment options may include:

Pain medications

The use of pain medications after childbirth can ease the pain for a short time or stop symptoms. It may be necessary to continue taking medication during pregnancy.

Medications to reduce the effect of childbirth

Pain medication can cause harm during pregnancy, including:

Increase in blood pressure and heart rate

Dangerous changes in heart rate

Cautions to watch for

The use of pain medication during pregnancy increases the risk of a premature delivery or problems in the child’s health, growth and development.

There have been cases of drug-induced problems in newborns, including birth defects such as heart defects, hearing issues, developmental delay or developmental delays.

Drug-induced problems of the fetus may be possible.

Drug-induced problems of the fetus may be reported to the FDA.

How can I help prevent paucity of joint pain in my hips?

The best treatments for postpartum pain are preventive medicines. These prevent the symptoms from developing or symptoms may be worsened by medication.

Pregnant women should:

Get regular prenatal care for the baby

Get regular chiropractic care (in-home treatment)

Exercise regularly to prevent arthritis and other problems in the joints

Watch for signs that your hips may be painful

Take pain medications regularly to help reduce pain, especially in the knees and hips

Consider surgery to treat joint pain (if necessary)

Read more about prevention and management of joint pain in women after delivery.