Lower Left pelvic pain

April - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi all

I have been having an off and on sharp pain in my lower left pelvic area. I called dr last night and she thought it was complications of constipation, which is one of my worst pregnancy complaints these days. I haven't had any spotting or bleeding. I feel better this morning but when I cough or move suddenly I still am feeling this pain. Has anyone else had this happen. Believe it or not I cannot remember this with my first pregnancy. I have had two scans and both showed the baby in the right place and heartbeat was strong, so I am sure it's not an etopic pregnancy.

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Becci - posted on 08/27/2009

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Does it get worse towards the end of the day? Does it hurt to roll over in bed? Does it make walking unbareable? Does it hurt if you press on your pelvic bone?



If you answer yes to most or all of these and it is VERY painful, ask your Midwife/ Doctor (whoever is caring for you in your pregnancy) to check you out for Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). There is a group on here that gives loads of information if you want to know more about it.



If not, it's probably round ligament pains, almost every women gets this in pregnancy and it gets worse with each pregnancy.

Beth - posted on 08/10/2009

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It's called round ligament pain. It's from your uterus growing. It was the very first symptom I noticed.

Sarah - posted on 05/08/2011

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www.supportpelvicdysfunction.co.uk is a charity that offers one on one help for mums with SPD or PGP. They have just put an official community up on circle of moms. help@supportpelvicdysfunction.co.uk

Hope this helps x

I have spd and im in a wheelchair for life with it, im the founder of this charity so please feel free to trust in my help. All info is on my homepage or the official COMS page.

I send you all my love as SPD is common but not normal in pregnancy and it is a hard condition to deal with as if affects our mobility. keep your chins up and im here if you need any help from the charity.

User - posted on 06/30/2009

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I thought it was just the stretching/loosening/growing of the uterus and uterine area. I have it too. If I sneeze there is definitely a sharp pain, but everything looks good and healthy on the u/s. I hope it doesn't last too long.

Did your doc give you any advice or a softener? I'm taking the NatureMade prenatals, and it includes a very small dose of a softener. Whatever I took years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter definitely did not, and the constipation was a complaint of mine then too.

Natalie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Hey there. Just wanted to post a reply.

I have been having a very similar pain. Same spot too. Lower left quadrant of my abdomen. I called my Dr about it because it's a very sharp pain, almost like someone is stabbing me there. I was told that if it got worse or persisted to call back. Well, I was laid up in bed that whole week. I called back that Thursday in tears. I was walking to the bathroom and I fell because of the pain. They urged me to go to the ER. While there they did a CBC and sonogram. Everything with the baby was great. My blood work came back fine except for one thing...my white blood cell count was high. Although this indicated infection we could not do a CT Scan on the area since I am pregnant. You would think though with WBC that high that I would have been given an antibiotic but no. I just simply discharged.

Fast forward to last Monday. I followed up with my OB. Went in and he was very upset that I was just discharged without anything. Since I had had the pain now for a week straight and where the pain was located along with my high WBC, it was assumed that I had an infection called Diverticulitis. I knew what it was because my Mom suffers from it every now and then. It's where little pockets in your larger intestine (the pockets are not supposed to be there and are called Diverticulosis) get clogged up and get infected. I was put on one of the two antibiotics used to often treat this. I took my last pill yesterday I am feeling pretty good today. My CBC came back showing that there's still a slight infection so I have to go back on the medication, but I can at least get out of bed now and get things done.

I have to watch what I eat. No nuts, seed or popcorn. I have to take my Metamucil everyday. Constipation is often a side effect of being pregnant and the Metamucil is a great idea to keep things flowing correctly anyway. What you may have going on may be just a blockage and just getting it out may help you. Or it could just simply be Round Ligament Pains. I get them quite bad too! But, what I've got is a medical issue I will have for the rest of my life...if that's what it truly ends up being. (I have to wait until I have the baby to get a CT Scan to know for sure.)

Hope you're able to find some relief and it turns out to be nothing too serious! I thought mine was just something in my head...glad that I listened to my Husband and got it checked out.

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Robin - posted on 05/14/2011

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sorry this isnt a reply to your post, but reading it, kinda makes me question... could i be pregnant? i have the pain u women are talking about! i also have frequent urination, back and neck pain, soreness in my lower stomach, legs and feet, and it kinda feels as if about 2 inches in my lower abdomen i feel what it seems to be, a soft but hard pooch. I never noticed this many symptoms with my first pregnancy, this early(if i am preg) replies would be GREATLY appreciated :) thanks

Ashley - posted on 08/19/2009

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I was just up at the hospital the other day... no my pain wasn't on the left it was on the right... I was just thinking maybe I had slept funny or something... turns out to be my appendix... so remember that one ladies!!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2009

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I had this happen to me last week, it lasted for a few hours, and I too never remember having this in my first two pregnancies, however I was with my aunt who is an OB nurse, and she said it sounded like a ligament stretching which is completely normal at this stage of the game!!

Lindsay - posted on 08/07/2009

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i have the exact same thing.. its pretty bad. expecially when i sneeze!! its just ligaments streaching tho. babies 'a cookin'

Jerica - posted on 08/03/2009

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i have the exact same pain too and had it the whole time with my first? when i asked my doctor about she told me my body was changing.. i never had constipation until after he was born.. i don't know what to tell you but that there are others out there that feel your pain!!

Lacie - posted on 07/26/2009

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i acctully have this exact pain on the same side. I spoke with my dr about it the other day and she said it is most likly a form of a cyst, and not to worry about it that it is normaly. The body will make a kind of cyst to support the baby in the first trimester before the plecenta sac and fully formed. It will go away on its own and is no reason to be alarmed.

Karilu - posted on 07/20/2009

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I had pains in my lower left pelvic area too and my doctor said that it was something like ball joint pain (something like that). He said it's not a complication. I found that if I lay on my right side rather my left (as is recommended) then I don't really feel the pain. Also, if I stay more active that helps too. Good luck with that.

April - posted on 06/30/2009

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Quoting Holly:

I thought it was just the stretching/loosening/growing of the uterus and uterine area. I have it too. If I sneeze there is definitely a sharp pain, but everything looks good and healthy on the u/s. I hope it doesn't last too long.

Did your doc give you any advice or a softener? I'm taking the NatureMade prenatals, and it includes a very small dose of a softener. Whatever I took years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter definitely did not, and the constipation was a complaint of mine then too.



I think you are right.  The more I thought about it the more I realized that when I cough or stretch, especially after being in one position for a while, it feels just like having a pulled muscle.  My doc put me on colace twice a day for the constipation.  It works some, but I think if I could eat better that would really help.  I can't look at meat or most foods without some aversion these days.  This was how it was with DD too so I am hoping by 13 weeks it will end like last time.  I figure as long as there is no bleeding then everything is ok.

Lindsey - posted on 06/28/2009

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ive had sharp pains before if i cough or stretch...like on my right or left side of the lower pelvic sides..i actually never asked the dr about it but it is rather annoying bc i REALLY like stretching like in bed and stuff and i really have to watch how i stretch bc it really hurts. i had this happen with my first too..so i dunno what it is..hmm

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