Pelvic pain. Any relief suggestions?

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Hi All. I've got 6 weeks until the DDay and I have been having a lot of lower pelvic pain. The intensity has increased now and it hurts while walking or positioning, but not while sitting. It seems more bone pain that muscle. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Abi - posted on 03/06/2009

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I had SPD with my first (now 2 and a half) and I have it again this pregnancy, though not so badly. Top tips:

* don't sit for too long and don't stand or walk for too long - everything in moderation. If your back/pelvis/pubic bone start to ache, change position and stop what you're doing!

* a rolled up towel in the lumbar part of your back (low down where your back arch is) can help when you are sitting

* don't sit slumped on the sofa, try making yourself more upright with cushions or use a dining chair

* a birth/yoga/Swiss ball can help as you can bounce on it, rotate your hips, etc (also helps with optimal foetal positioning for the baby)

* try to keep your knees together as much as possible; eg: going up stairs, go one at a time (put you best foot on the step first then bring the other foot to meet it). In the car, get in in a ladylike fashion (!) - keep your knees together and swivel them round to get in. Anything that pulls your knees apart will put extra pressure on your pubic bone. Also try to keep your knees together when rolling over in bed. Pillows between your knees and under your bump (if you lie on your side) can help.

* going on all fours can take the weight of the baby off your spine and provide some tension.



For the pain, you can try heat or ice, I find my hubby applying counter pressure to the area with the flat of his hand provides some relief.



When giving birth, you want to remain as upright and active as possible. With my first, I ended up in bed, on my back, with my legs in stirrups which is absolutely the worst possible position! Before you go into labour, get some string (and your partner to help!) and measure how far apart you can open your legs without feeling pain - make a loop out of the string and have it round your knees in labour so that you never bring your legs apart more than this, it should prevent any further damage.



Hope that helps!



Abi x

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Deez8882001 - posted on 03/06/2009

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there are several stretches a physical therapist can show you...your doc or midwife can give you a referral. I had severe pelvic bone pain and after doing my stretches and popping my bone back into place I feel 99% better. It's worth the time and effort to go see a PT.

Margaret - posted on 03/06/2009

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hi i was struggling with this  a lot = my suggestions - put epsom salts in your bath... it helps more than just a regular bath...  i simply have no idea why and its not harmful to you or the babe.  Something to do with the magnesium.



If possible, sit on an exercise ball when you do sit.  I have a desk job and i have to rotate chairs, even with the exercise ball.



the chiro is good advice too.  It helped ease the pain for a bit - but for me - it was about as effective as the epsom salt baths,and the baths are a heckuva lot less expensive.



ANd if this helps the pressure/pain has let up some - the last couple days... its like the kid moved up though (wrong way kiddo!) and is now in my ribs.    i will take that over the pelvic pain.  oy!

Margaret - posted on 03/06/2009

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hi i was struggling with this  a lot = my suggestions - put epsom salts in your bath... it helps more than just a regular bath...  i simply have no idea why and its not harmful to you or the babe.  Something to do with the magnesium.



If possible, sit on an exercise ball when you do sit.  I have a desk job and i have to rotate chairs, even with the exercise ball.



the chiro is good advice too.  It helped ease the pain for a bit - but for me - it was about as effective as the epsom salt baths,and the baths are a heckuva lot less expensive.



ANd if this helps the pressure/pain has let up some - the last couple days... its like the kid moved up though (wrong way kiddo!) and is now in my ribs.    i will take that over the pelvic pain.  oy!

Vanessa - posted on 03/06/2009

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I have the same and it's driving me crazy. I've learned how to manage it during the day (which means calling on my preschool teacher workmates to help me with difficult children or shifting furniture which we do a few times a day. I hate 'making more work' for them, but know if I don't do it now then they'll be stuck with a reliever for even longer than I plan on being away, and that'll be worse for them.) but during the night I can't do much. Changing positions is just agony, especially going from my left side to my back. Rolling onto my right from my back is pretty bad to, but better, and rolling the opposite direction isn't as bad as that, but I still wake up every time I change position from the pain. The one night in the last 3 or so weeks I slept right through I woke up with a sore hip from lying in the same position all night - I can't win. Apparently I moan in my sleep which is a bit disturbing, but I just can't control my movements when I am unconscious - funny enough!



I have a big tube bandage that I wear 24/7 from my midwife. During the day I fold it in half for added support (though the second there's anything in my bladder I have to pee from the pressure of the bandage!!) but that wouldn't work at night, as it would roll up into a tight roll just under my bump that hurt me and can't have been good for the baby. I was a bit distressed as night's when I need it the most, but now I unfold it now so it's in a single layer from my thighs to my breasts and it's really good. It takes a day or two to get used to, but it's so comforting now. I definitely recommend talking with your midwife or pharmacist or whoever. If it doesn't get any better, or gets worse I'm going to go to the physio and get fitted for a maternity belt.



I was reading about it all (SPD) in one of my pregnancy books and on the next page it said babies born at this stage (31 weeks I think it was) have a 90% viability rate. You're never going to get 100%, so 90's pretty good, and at that point I was eager to not have that pelvis pain. I'm imagining labour won't be totally pain free, and that there'll be fun things like tears and stitches and... I don't want to know what all, really... to endure after the birth and they may even be worse now, but I was so ready for a change of pain I didn't care. Of course I know that the longer baby is in the better it is for bubs and I, but it's kind of shocked me from being in a bit of a 'I can't believe I'm having a baby' phase to being ready. So that's good!



I guess it's kind of easing me into a different pace of life, and hard as that is it's also good.



So see it for the benefits it can have (I keep trying to be grateful that the ligament at the front of the pelvis knows it needs to relax or open a bit, and that I'll be needing that during labour!) and try the different advice here... And see your midwife or whoever else can help if it doesn't improve!

Ruby - posted on 02/27/2009

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I have the same thing and I go to a chiropractor it helps a bit and even tho it does feel more like bone pain than muscle pain I find streching really helps. Good luck I hope it gets a bit better I know some days it hurts so much at night I don't want to move.



 

Kim - posted on 02/27/2009

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The thing that gives me the most relief is sitting in a hot bath up to my waist - just enough water to sink my hips into. Even if it's only for 15 minutes in the morning it seems to make a huge difference throughout my day.

Kimberly - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have the same problem.  My Dr. recommended buying support-style maternity underwear or a maternity girdle.  I went to www.underworks.com and bought both the Maternity Control Brief as well as the Maternity Pelvic & Back support brief (girdle).  This was the BEST piece of advice EVER!  I wear the Pelvic & Back support brief every day and it has enabled me to continue chasing my 2 year old and teaching fitness classes at 31 weeks.  I hope this helps!  Good Luck!

Emily - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have the same problem and I do pelvic tilts to relieve the pain. I also do a little yoga to help, If your into yoga its called the "Cat/Cow" position. You get on all fours and literally arch your back (tucking your hips under you) and then relax your back (kinda sticking your butt in the air) It really helps me!! Also the "Pigeon" pose helps me with my hip pain!! Hope this helps!! Try these links



http://yoga.about.com/od/yogasequences/s...



http://www.wikihealth.com/Pigeon_pose

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Our labor class instructor tells me this is a ligament that joints the pelvis together in the front and that walking and movement will only aggravate it. I'll confirm with the Dr. on Tuesday, but it's not looking good for walking around these last 6 weeks.

Kirsty - posted on 02/25/2009

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I've been getting the same thing...It just started on the weekend.  I went to the Dr on Monday, and was diagnosed with a minor bladder infection, so he gave me some meds for that, but it doesnt help with the pain.  Some times are so bad, I had to get my fiance to help me walk upstairs last night b/c it hurt so bad I couldnt do it myself....

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i feel your pain, literally. unfortunately i don't think that there is much you can do. warm baths, heat copresses and tylenol are how i cope. some days i can barely walk, others it's not so bad.
hang in there, once the baby comes it should ease up.

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