Lower back/hip pain

Sabra - posted on 06/06/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




I had bad hip and lower back pain during pregnancy with my daughter it started at about 6 weeks and continued until a few weeks after she was born. I have a really small frame so I'm pretty sure that my hips needed to expand for the birthing process. It stopped for over a year however the last couple of months it has come back again. It is the worst when I lay down or sleep. Every morning I wake up with intense back pain and it is difficult to get going in the morning because of it. I'm not pregnant again and I don't have any extra strain on my hips or back so I don't know what is going on.

Did anyone else experience this and how did you fix it?


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Christina - posted on 06/14/2011




Many times after pregnancy, the muscles and ligaments don't automatically go back to their original shape. They stay stretched out and the muscles therefore are weaker. Most women would benefit from physical therapy to increase the strength of these muscles following childbirth. Increased strength of these muscles as well as improved core stability will improve your pain. Go to www.apta.org/findapt to find a physical therapist near you.

Amy - posted on 06/07/2011




Sabra I know you've written off the mattress as being the problem but have you rotated/flipped it at all since you've had it?

Sabra - posted on 06/07/2011




Thanks for all the advise. My mattress is less than a year old so its probably not that. I didn't even think that it could be my feet or legs. I do carry my daughter on my left side. I'll try switching her more often.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/06/2011




I am a licenced massage therapist and have discovered that rarely if ever is the problem in the area with the pain. It has probably started in your feet or your legs. Although if you're carrying your little one on one side it could actually be in the buttock.

Talk to your doctor about the problem but here are some recomendations. Disclaimer: Consult your physician before beginning any. Try rolling a rolling pin on your legs especially the front and side of the thigh. Use only as much pressure as feels comfortable and several short times a day is much better than a long session. Try rolling your feet on a rolling pin or get a bunch of marbles of different sizes, put them in a container and roll your feet on them or take a small firm ball with a little give (a dog ball or tennis ball works well) and roll your foot on it. Take that same ball and lay on the floor and put it under your butt and roll back and forth on it. It may take several days to begin to notice improvement or you may notice right away.
Try using a small pillow between your knees if you sleep on your side, or a larger one under your knees if you sleep on your back or one under your ankles if you sleep on your stomach. If you do carry your little one on the side, try to switch sides frequently. (Look in a full length mirror when you are holding him/her and you'll see how it puts you out of whack.)
If you keep me updated, I can give you more suggestions to your specific problems.

Hope this helps.

Christy - posted on 06/06/2011




Having babies changed my body forever. I started visiting the chiropractor with my third pregnancy and still see him about twice a month. When my weight is under control, I only need to go once a month.

If you decide to try this as an option, don't be surprised if the chiropractor has you come two or three times a week for the first little bit, then reduce to as needed. He basically helps retrain your bones to stay in place. It helps to get your exercise which strengthens the muscles and helps the bones stay in place.

Jane - posted on 06/06/2011




I got a referral to physical therapy. Once that was over I continued to develop those same muscles at the local gym. My problem turned out to be that the muscles of my core had weakened and allowed spurs from arthritis to shift and cause pain.

How old is your mattress? Sometimes I find that can make my back hurt.

You should go see your doctor so he/she can make sure you don't have sciatica or something else, and then go from there.

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