I am 30 weeks and having MAJOR hip/back pain... help!

Richain - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My hips have been popping (which I have been assured is normal for me), Lately, i feel like someone has "dead legged" me and my hip joint wont cooperate. For example, I try to stand up on that leg and it wont support my weight. My back has also been aching constantly as well. Any advice? I have been trying to balance on an exercise ball to losten the hips/pelvis like they recommend, but the back and hip joints are killing me.

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Quoting Rebekah:
... I've never had hip pain, but water aerobics, a good heating pad, and a hot shower have worked wonders to help my lower back pain.



I agree, i've had the same problem and the heating pad and a hot shower tend to ease the pain. Although it doesn't get rid of it completely, it significantly helps.

Jessica - posted on 02/27/2009

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Mine has been SO bad, too!  I had to have my hubby rub my low back for a half hour this morning before I could even get out of bed!  A couple things that have helped me that you may try...for one, try having your husband help you stretch out the muscles in your legs.  When your hips are bothering you, a lot of times you'll walk funny and sleep in odd positions, and you may be surprised how tight the muscles in your legs are...plus you have the added weight of pregnancy, and it can do a number on you.  The Jucuzzi is a good idea- it must be nice!  lol I spend about 45 minutes soaking in a tub of hot water in the morning to help me out.  Also, try sleeping with a pillow (or two) between your knees.  Sometimes getting your hips into alignment just by separating your legs can do a lot.  (I also agree with the chiropractor comments, but this time around we can't really afford that!).  If all else fails, a good maternity body pillow may work wonders.  They have some that are actually a "U" shape and can go around your entire body...support under the belly, between the legs, and behind the back.  They cost around fifty bucks, though- but I have friends who swear by them!  Hope this helps!  :)  I know from experience that it's no fun being miserable when all you want to do is enjoy your pregnancy! 

Brandy - posted on 02/26/2009

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I've had the same pain in my hips. The best thing I have found is to sleep with a lumbar support under my waist between my hips and rib cage. You can order one on Amazon but I just use a small pillow. It's done wonders for me. Most mornings I wake up pain free and I can tell when I loose the pillow during the night because my hips will be hurting in the morning. The pillow also helps to support my tummy and I sleep with another pillow between my legs. I get the best results when I use both pillows.

Richain - posted on 02/24/2009

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I spend a good 20-30 minutes in the jacuzzi bath tub at night which has helped.  As for the exercise ball, I use it with hubby supervision.  I am a clutz as it is.  My doctor told me yesterday that the best thing I can do is to change positions and hope that he decided to change positions... and get off whatever nerve he is sitting on.  We shall see how long this lasts.

Rebekah - posted on 02/24/2009

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I have no real solution to your hip/back pain, but I'll just warn you to be careful on those exercise balls... I've fallen over backwards on one twice this pregnancy and my husband has banished our ball to the garage. It's crazy how our balance gets screwed up when we're pregnant. :)

Back to your question... I've never had hip pain, but water aerobics, a good heating pad, and a hot shower have worked wonders to help my lower back pain.

Danielle - posted on 02/24/2009

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I swear by chiropractors, i have been seeing one for years and now im pregnant i think it has really helped to avoid pain and to help everything settle as i get bigger, also aqua aerobics has helped to

Brenda - posted on 02/22/2009

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My doctor offered me physical therapy for my problems if they got any worse.  I have one really bad hip (always has been a problem) and the other gets sore really easy.  Early on I could sleep on one side than the other but lately its been shooting pain across my lower back and pelvis on the one side and the only way I can sleep is with my hips turned as far as they'll go so my right hip is as flat as it can be.



Webster technique chiropractors are supposed to be really helpful, but my insurance won't cover it so I can't really have it done.  I had problems with my hips/back with my first pregnancy but as usual they're far worse with my second. I usually take tylenol before bed to try to mitigate the pain at best.  If you can't get to a chiropractor ask your ob about physcial therapy.  Mine told me that it is pretty common for this kind of pain and physical therapy can help a lot.

Allison - posted on 02/22/2009

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Have you seen a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy (Webster technique)? I've been being adjusted now for 2 pregnancies and it helps so much with discomfort and pain! Check out http://www.icpa4kids.org/ to find one in your area. As a plus, proper alignment can help baby get into a good position for birth.

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