Any solution for sore ribcage?

Ayman - posted on 11/17/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Lately I have noticed a blunt pain in my ribs while lying down. When I switch sides, it's the same pain on both sides. I try to slip a soft pillow underneath, but it doesn't offer relief. While I am happy that this means my little ones are growing, I wish I knew how to sleep with the pain. Has anyone else experienced this? Any recommendation on how to feel better? Also, curious if this will permanently expand my ribs (i.e. permanent increase in bra size) post-pregnancy?

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Bobbieann - posted on 11/21/2011

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I had the same thing with my ribs - I am not a doctor and defiantly do not want to say this is your issue but mine was my gall bladder! it was removed 4 months after I had my twins. The pain was still there after I had them, I thought they tried to rip my ribs apart during the c-section. My Gall bladder was only functioning @ 30% Just as a precaution if you still have your gall bladder it does not hurt to get it checked out and do a little "process of elimination" good luck with the twins, it is truly a blessing!

Laura - posted on 11/21/2011

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I found that propping myself up a bit was better. The relief only came when one of the twins started to drop. I had it worse with my single child as he has his foot wedged up on the bottom of one of my ribs and he never dropped down at all. My bra size went back to normal after the pregnancy, the ribs went back. I still have a huge gap between my stomach muscles though.

Renee - posted on 11/20/2011

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i had a c section, (one twin was breached and showing signs of distress.) i gained 80 pounds with them. guess my tip is be patient the weight will not come off over night, i remember being really frustrated about that, plus you get tired and in need of sleep and as little babies they just want to be held so you it's hard to get a lot of activity. are you planning to breast feed? breast feeding burns a lot of calories. then they start crawling and walking. i had boys, who are crazy high energy, once they started walking the weight just melted off from me keeping up with them. sleep is very important and just play play play.

Ayman - posted on 11/20/2011

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thanks renee! i bought a boppy wedge pillow after posting this. it seems to help a lot! did you have a c section or natural birth with the twins? any tips on going back to pre-pregnancy weight - i.e. exercise, food, etc.?

Renee - posted on 11/20/2011

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i also had this problem and i didn't find any thing to make it better when i was pregnant. it's my understanding that it's normal, and nothing to worry about. seems like laying on my left side always made me feel better. and taking deep slow breaths. i dont think it permanently expands your rib cage, but i was told that it takes about 2 years for your abs to come back together after twins have pushed them apart. your body changes a lot after a twin pregnancy, i'm 15lbs away from my pre pregnancy weight, mostly in the boobs and butt. lol. i am happy with my new curves so i dont mind the extra 15lbs.

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