Pelvic Pain!!

Shannon - posted on 05/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am 22 weeks pregnant and I have been having this unbelievable pain in my pelvic region. It isn't pressure, it is an aching pain that no matter what I do it just doesn't seem to go away. I didn't have this with my first pregnancy so I have no idea if this is 'normal' or not. I'm not having any other symptoms so I'm not worried that anything is wrong, I'm just really sore! I thought that maybe it was me overdoing it with exercise or housework or playing with my daughter, but it doesn't matter what I do I can't get rid of this pain. It hurts to walk up the stairs, sit for long periods of time, stand for long periods of time and even laying down in one position for too long it will hurt. Anyone have any ideas of what this could be and how I could relieve some of the pain? Thanks!!

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Jenny - posted on 05/18/2009

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I would talk to your doctor I had the same pain and the same symptoms and it got worse and worse. I used pillows, took baths,tried tylenol, nothing worked or allieviated the pain. My doctor refered me to a rheumatolgist to rule out any other conditions that share the same symptoms but sometimes are missed because it's assumed they are pregnancy related and normal. In fact that's what some nurses said but luckily my ob decided to check into it because there are many conditions that share pregnancy symptoms. The rheumatolgist seen me throughout the pregnancy and after to see if the pain went away or worsened. It got worse. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. If I'd just listened to that nurse I wouldn't have ever known. I did have both of my children within a yar of each other and she said that's what is was. That my body didn't know what to do and that that was normal and to just live with the pain.

Cherry - posted on 05/17/2009

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It sounds like yo are suffering with SPD, You need to talk to your midwife as they can give you some aids to help with the pain. I have had this with my last 3 pregnancy, and again this time. Unfortunatly it gets worse, and can be a pain. Mine is to the stage where i can hardly walk and my 8 year old son has to help me with things like putting socks on and hoovering etc. They say it does go back however doesnt always go back straight away. Speaking from experience after my last it never went back to normal before i got pregnant again. Try and get the midwife or doc to ref you to physio if it gets to bad.

Natalie - posted on 05/16/2009

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hi,

sounds like your suffering from SPD (symphis pubic disfunction) i believe it stands for, it is basically.... every pregnant women has a hormone called relaxin in her body which loosen's up the pelvis in order for the baby to pass, but with SPD your body produces too much and your pelvis starts to seperate to quickly, i had this and it is agony, it does get worse sadly but you can help it a bit, I was told not to exercise too much, and you can get a pillow for sleeping (i bought one that i used to breastfeed after) and also i wore a support belt towards the end. take care and speak to your doctor about physio as i attended some classes and they helped a bit !

Also i was fine after giving birth but if you are planning more children it does app get worse with each preg, but can help tighten the pelvis with yoga.

Becky - posted on 05/11/2009

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Yeah tell me about. As if it wasn't hard enough to get the everyday chores done while chasing a 2 1/2 yr old around. I actually have found that if i lay down and rest while my son is sleeping it helps out some. That way the pain isn't as great at the end of the day.

Shannon - posted on 05/10/2009

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Thanks Becky! That is what I thought it might be. I've been doing some research online and that seems to be the most logical explanation. I'm just worried that if it gets worse the doctor will prescribe bedrest! To me that is out of the question with a toddler running around. I'll definitely mention it to my doctor again at my next appointment. Thanks for the advice!

Becky - posted on 05/10/2009

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I am having the same issue and it started a few weeks ago, I am 27 weeks now. Some days even just touching my pelvic bone makes me cry out in pain. My doctor said that the pelvic bone widens to allow the baby to pass through and in some cases it streches so far that it can seperate. Which is what happened, it causes more pain but he said it would return to normal after delivery and that is nothing to worry about. He said I can take something for the pain, try warm baths or use a heating pad. i would talk to your doctor just to make sure though.

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