Bump pains

Vanessa - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My bump seems to ache alot...especially around the middle and low inside each hip, I have asked the dr but she says it's just stretching pains. Some nights I have woken up crying as it aches so much.

Does anyone have any advice?

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April - posted on 12/22/2009

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I had aches and pains through out my pregnancy. Although it was an anoyance, everything was fine. So as long as your doc isnt worried, you should not worry. Take time to pamper yourself and get lots of rest.

Molissa - posted on 12/22/2009

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Massage that area of your bump, and give it time. It's just stretching. If you use those muscles alot, it will be easier to stretch. It will go away after it stretches. Then when you hit another weight gain spurt, it will probably hurt again. Just be patient and rest when you need to. My best friend for sleeping was a tummy wedge from Babies r us. Took the weight off my tummy so I could sleep. And a long body pillow to curl up on the couch.

Vanessa - posted on 12/21/2009

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It's funny you mentioned about the chiropractor Fiona, I have just starting seeing one. I fractured my back in 2 places a few years back and I have mild spina bifida and my boss suggested I have a visit with her chiropractor. I must say she certainly has helped and I will continue to see her through my pregnancy.

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I also carried a very big baby in my relatively small frame and he was also very very low. I had the same problems as you, especially at night inside my hips and pelvis would ache. Towards the end of the pregnancy my baby wasn't engaging fully and my hip pains kept getting worse. My midwife recommended I go see a lady who was a chiropractor and osteopath and specialised in treating pregnant women. I had never been to a chiropractor before and was hesitant but it was the best thing for me. She told me that my hips were misaligned and preventing bub from settling in the right position. A few very small adjustments to my hip and some recommended exercises (mostly gentle walking, rocking and figure 8s with my hips and using a yoga ball) and *voila* -baby engaged and I was able to sleep at night again as the hip pain stopped.
Good luck and best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy.

Amy - posted on 12/20/2009

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i tried to take as many sitting breaks as possible throughout the day and i also used the pillow for belly support when i slept. i also got a support band that i used. (they have them in most maternity stores or you can find them online) it didn't help tremendously but it did help in the beginning. towards the end of your pregnancy, it seemed nothing helped. i tried to lay down and relax for a few minutes, change the position of the baby if she'd move when i'd lay down. i had big babies so just getting them to wiggle a little into a different position helped.

Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2009

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Babies...you gotta love 'em. they hurt as they grow, and when they come out. Then it's years of heartache, tears and smiles as they grow up! I would just try stretching, make sure you're hydrated and maybe give the baby a massage from outside your belly. Good luck!

Gail - posted on 12/20/2009

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im 5'3 wih a small frame - carried low and got rather big towards the end. I found my belly felt heavy and had the same hip like pains.

If its the same its not your actually hips but the bone/muscle just below hipsat the top of your legs. Try and do gentle stretches - if you can lie on your side and bend your legs slightly then keeping your feet together raise your knees as far as it comfortable and do this on each side (5-10 reps)

At night which is normally the worse, i found having an extra pillow for my head and a 2nd pillow between my legs beneficial - if i had i had my way i would have had our bed to myself as i believe sometimes i didnt move when i needed to in fear of waking or knocking my partner. Have naps during the day too.

And if nothing else try to do a little walking every day coz any exercise you do now helps in labour and afterwards to regain you figure.

Good luck

Andrea - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting Vanessa:

Everyone keeps telling me I am carrying really low and I keep saying yeah so what does that mean and they go oh well you know just low...So I wondered if that had something to do with it or maybe it really is just stretching muscles. I am really small and the baby is quite big so I'm just not sure at all.


I had these with my daughter.. I also carried Very very low.. That is alot of it. I am 5'3' and what i found to help was to squat down and bounce.. i did this with a ball and with out a ball.. You do get alot of looks lol.. but in the end it helped with labor and everything.. Best wishes mery x-ams

Emma - posted on 12/20/2009

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I can completely understand what you are going through, I carried real low as well. Light stretching helped, followed by some tylenol right before bed as well. I had a detachable shower head so I used that to apply some heat to the areas that hurt. I couldn't get in or out of a tub due to back and hip problems. I also found that when I would lay down, to rest throughout the day, I would have a pillow underneath my legs and that took alot of pressure off my hips. The more I rested like this during the day, the less the pain was at night when I slept.

Mattee - posted on 12/20/2009

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Pillows underneath it when u sleep.... There's a pregnancy pillow called the snoogle that i have and was awsome when I was prego!

S - posted on 12/20/2009

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Do you exercise? I remember seeing in one of my books that stretches (yoga) and low impact exercise will help with the aches and pains. The books also have easy exercises you can do.

Vanessa - posted on 12/20/2009

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Everyone keeps telling me I am carrying really low and I keep saying yeah so what does that mean and they go oh well you know just low...So I wondered if that had something to do with it or maybe it really is just stretching muscles. I am really small and the baby is quite big so I'm just not sure at all.

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