Lots of PAIN!!

Kathleen - posted on 12/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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So I had this with my first pregnancy, but it didn't start until about 25 weeks or so (I'll be 20 weeks on Saturday the 11th). But I have been having incredible pains. My stomach got rock hard last night, I was shocked. I definitely didn't expect anything like that to happen for several more weeks. It only lasted about 30 seconds at a time for about 15 to 20 minutes or so, but it surprised us to say the least.

I can't sleep at all at night because my hips keep locking or popping. I bought a preggo pillow to help me sleep and it hasn't helped any, other than making my head super comfy lol. My back is killing me all the time and now my hips are starting to be in pain even when I'm not laying down. And I guess I expected some pain cause of pregnancy 1, but wow. This is getting sooooo ridiculous lol.

Like I said I had this kinda stuff happen with my first pregnancy, but it didn't happen until about 25 weeks and I actually started going into labour then. The doctors put me on meds to stop it, but my daughter was still born at about 33 weeks. I am starting to worry that something is going to happen and Jade is going to come super early.

Is anyone else going through this?





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Tara - posted on 05/09/2011

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The tightening definitely sounds like braxton hicks (this is our 3rd baby and they started around 18 weeks for me), but the hip thing, I'm not sure. A friend of mine had these problems though and going to a chiropractor helped her a lot. But, before doing anything, I would talk to you doctor and get his/her opinion.

Rachael - posted on 12/12/2010

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I agree with getting a refferal to physical therapy. Even if is is not symphasis pubis dysfunction PT is amazing and can help with many muscle and ligament pain issues. If possible fine an aquatic physical therapy location where you can get into the pool which is easier on your body than land exercises. The pool will pretty much allow you to be weightless which is AMAZING for a pregnant body. Good luck

Emma - posted on 12/12/2010

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oh and popping and clicking of the hips is also part of this condition! you may get pain around your whole pelvic area due to this!

Emma - posted on 12/12/2010

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hi dont let anyone tell you this is normal!! it has a name its called symphysis pubis dysfunction also known as pelvic girldle pain and i have read alot into it as i had this myself! boy was i in pain!! i had it in my first pregnancy but with my twins i was on crutches with the pain i also had a support belt! lying in bed hurt so had to have a pillow in between my legs also getting out of bed was agony so was climbing stairs and forget standing on one foot was just far too painful! you need to go and see your doctor and get him to refer you to physiotherapy as they will help dont suffer in silence with this condition and do not let a doctor fob you off by telling you it is normal! it is a recognised condition in pregnancy now! if you want any more information just message me or google the condition! i wish you well and take care :)

Melissa - posted on 12/12/2010

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You sound like me. With my first pregnancy I had the normal aches and pains, but nothing too bad until around 35 weeks, but my second WOW. Since i was like 16 or 17 weeks I had constant back and hip pain and could barely walk to the car.

As the time went on it just got worse, the pooping and snapping of the pelvis, aching back, charlie horses in legs. I could not find a comfortable position, just rolling over in bed brought tears to my eyes. My OB said unfortunately it`s normal and that no 2 pregnancies are alike. Talk to you Dr. and try not to worry.

I agree that you need to stay hydrated as well try to keep your feet up and relax as much as possible (easier said then done). Hope this helps.

Congrats and good luck!!

Nicole - posted on 12/10/2010

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staying hydrated helped with my braxton hicks too. I also had more energy when I was well hydrated.

Deidre - posted on 12/10/2010

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okay first thing you NEED is a recliner if you cant get one find every pillow and blanket and make one. i have three kids and i figured this out on the second one. having a recliner cut my pain in half in the first night!!!!! second drink cold water. if you start having contractions and mine would start at about 18 weeks get off your feet and drink water. if your even slightly dehydrated you can start labor. but definitely look into propping yourself up at night that may cut down on the contractions as well

Kathleen - posted on 12/10/2010

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Thanks. I've tried the sleeping on my side with one leg over the pillow and jeebus do I wake up hurting. I went through a lot of pain with my daughter during my first pregnancy, but I don't remember having this much trouble sleeping. It's turning me into a raving b.... some days and I feel horrible for it.
However I didn't get braxton hicks with her either, just plain old contractions starting at 25 weeks. She was sooo wanting to come out, stubborn even before birth lol. Thanks for the info on bh though. I kinda figured that's what they were, just wasn't sure cause I hadn't ever had them before. This hip thing though is gonna be the death of me (or my fiancée lol).

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That sounds like false labor pains. aka braxton hicks. and my hips popped and crunched all through my pregnancy, i had trouble sleeping and whatnot. i had to put a pillow between my legs and i still barely got sleep because of the pain

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