Battle pain during pregnancy without medication

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) — Three in four women report experiencing significant pain during pregnancy. Couple that with most medications being off-limits, and those nine months can suck away the pregnancy glow.

It's been seven months since Makinzy Fontenot welcomed baby No. 2. Now, she's doing everything she can to remain pain-free after a once rocky time during her pregnancy.

"I bent down to pick up my 2-year-old and felt a sharp shooting pain on my right hip that would go all the way down to my right toe," Fontenot told KPLC-TV. "It was so bad that I was limping."

Hip and back pain is something that also brought mother of two Rachael Trahan, now six months pregnant, to see Dr. Laurie Baynard with Lake Charles Chiropractic.

"It was just very painful, and by the end of the day I didn't want to do anything but put ice on my hip and then sit down and rest," Trahan said.

Baynard has a certification in pregnancy chiropractic care. She says pain is very common in pregnant women and oftentimes shift the excitement of a new addition to surviving each trimester.

"I have lots of patients with low back pain, sciatica, mid-back pain, neck pain, headaches, hip pain," she said.

That pain is caused by the hormone relaxin loosening ligaments, while muscles in the body tighten.

To read about what Dr. Baynard does to help relieve her patients' pain, visit http://www.kplctv.com/story/27923358.

More information about chiropractic care for pregnant women can also be found on the American Chiropractic Association's website, www.acatoday.org, and the American Pregnancy Association's website, americanpregnancy.org.

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