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Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My hips and pelvis are getting so sore…how can I find relief?

Re: My hips and pelvis are getting so sore…how can I find relief?

The Bump Expert

Aches and pains are (hate to say it) a part of every pregnancy, and they can certainly get worse as it wears on. Baby is growing like a weed (watermelon?) now, and taking up just about every bit of available room in your abdomen. That giant uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, which affects posture and puts a strain on your back. The hormonal changes of pregnancy can make things even worse. See, those hormones are prepping for baby’s big exit, working to loosen up the joints and ligaments that attach the pelvic bones to the spine. This can make you feel unstable and cause a good deal of discomfort. Pain is never fun, but hey -- at least that means baby will be here soon! And once you're trying to push baby out, you'll be glad for every last bit of loosening up.

Paula Kashtan

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That's it? That's the big answer: It's normal and you'll be glad for it later? Not one suggestion as to how to find relief? Women have been getting pregnant for eons and we can't come up with any way to make them feel a little more comfortable? I call baloney. I demand a refund. I want to speak with the manager.Dangit.Frustrated and Achy

SeattleMermaid |

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maybe some gentle streatching? what would the experts recomend as good easy streatches to help the sore pelvis?

Kristine Schilling |

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I really only get the aches and pains in my hips at night. Which makes for a restless night considering I sleep on my side. But I find that if I take a warm shower before bed it relaxes me and I don't ache as much. Also, my Dr. said that taking a Tylenol would help too.

Lucky7s |

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I recommend pre-natal yoga after dinner. Its light and you can do as much or as little as you like. Its possible that the position your sitting in during the day is making your sacrum (the bone the forms the connection between your low back and hip girdle) unstable. You may also have very tight muscles from sitting during the day, so a walk in the evening is a great idea. Even if you weren't a big exerciser before, your body is going to crave certain changes in position, and just shifting from one hip to other or switching chairs is not enough. Walking will get the circulation going to muscles around your hips (not just to fetus), and actually help to ease tension.For the yoga, head a local bookstore and see what they have on the shelves that pops out at you! Maybe you're someone who needs a dvd to follow?? They have those too, especially for soon to be mom's!Good luck, and happy stretching!Your prego P.T.

mrsmacy |

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My doctor recomended a couple of great ideas for me. My baby is on a bundle of nerves & ligaments, so it hurts to do certain movements. Anyway, hot baths (or heating pad) is #1. She aslo recomends Pregnancy massages. Something about de-stressing and the massage works out muscles we can't work ut orselves. Obviously this one would be pricey for most of us. My alternative is going to to department stores and sitting in the massage chairs (w/heat if I can find it!). It's free, so the price is right. I also found that lavendar works great. I have an eye mask w/ real lavendar that goes in the freezer. I use it over my eyes to sleep/bathe or against my forehead when I feel bad. Sounds silly, but it really works for me. I even spray my pillows and clthes w/lavendar on bad days. There's no medicinal study to back any of this stuff up, but I could hardly walk at the beggining of the month. Now my pain is limited to very specific movements and not nearly as serious.

Lauralibby88 |

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Get in a pool and float on a noodle! I have been doing it all summer, what a godsend!

smjaczko |

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i had severe pack/pelvic pain starting at 14 weeks. at 18 weeks it was so bad, i couldn't even stand or walk. My OB referred me to a chiropractor and he has been a saving grace! I go 2 times a week and haven't had any problems since.

wknetzer |

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My hips bones have been shifting and hurt very much. My husband even says he can see how the bones have separated on my lower back and measures for me with his fingers where he knows they used to be and where they are now, and it's like 2 inches and I'm only 13 weeks. Because it is the bones that hurt, massage does not help and is the last thing I want right now. Lying flat on my back with my knees bent helps a little, but I know I won't be able to do this in a couple weeks. Prenatal yoga just encourages the bones and hips to shift and open even more. But I am glad that my hips are making room because I am very petite and was afraid I wouldn't be able to get this baby out - so now I look at it as No Pain - No Gain! But I will continue to whine to dear hubby for sympathy.

B&GKelly2007 |

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All I can say is that it's spelled BOLOGNA.Haven't you heard the song.DH's massages always fix the aches and pains.

mrs.Lucky531 |

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My hips hurt badly at night, when I'm sleeping on my side. But I've started using a body pillow, just putting it between my knees, and that has helped alleviate the pain a lot.

arkabee |

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I have found that after a day of constant movement at work, a warm bath at the end of the day is necessary for me to fall asleep at night. I am thankful that I am separating a ton, though. My poor sister didn't separate at all with either of hers, and as a result had very difficult labors.

dweisbrod |

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I agree with the earlier comment about the chiropractor, mine has helped me a ton, and a lot of the hip pain is usually Maliya's (my baby in there :) ) weight is shifting my sacrum off. I go in there, barely walking upright, leave with hardly any remnants of the pain, ice or warm packs also help tons. If anyone hasn't tried the chiropractor thing, I definitely recomend it, just make sure they know your pregnant if it isn't obvious yet, so they can do their adjustments accordingly! There are also some tecniques they can do to encourage correct positioning of the baby for birth, Maliya's in the correct position now and hopefully ready for delivery on Sunday! (or ealier :) )

Mocha Madness |

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I bought the Snoogle body pillow, which works to make your whole body parallel to how it should sleep at night. Walking also helps.

tinosbaby |

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I was doing fine with this until my last road trip for work in week 36, and since then... I sleep on my side, and the pain in my hips gets to be so bad I can't sleep more than an hour at a stretch before I have to turn (the intervals get shorter as the night goes along.) I take a walk after dinner and a warm bath before bed most nights, along with a Tylenol an hour before bedtime, but nothing - not pillows, not adjusting the firmness of our bed, not stretching - seems to help. A heating pad eases things in the morning, when I decide I've had enough tossing and turning and retreat to the sofa.Just 2 weeks left, though! I think I can make it until then.

formossissima |

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I've been doing prenatal yoga and i think it will help with all of this. It's catered towards pregnancy and a lot of the things you do are supposed to continue to help your body get ready for birth. Even though i am only 14 weeks, I know it's helping. I'm lucky enough that my hospital offers it free once a week. We work on stretch our hips too. I think that would be a way better answer to the question! So other mommies-to-be may want to give it a try!

laurashu |

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See a Chiropractor. This is my advice to all of you. After all, I am a Chiropractor!I am so thankful for all my friends that are Chiros. We have been able to help each other out during our pregnancies.

heather0413 |

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I bought the Snoogle pillow and it has been a lifesaver. All of my aches and pains were gone within a week.

ameier3624@yahoo.com |

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I hate to be the "dirty one" here, but what about the thing that got us all in this condition in the first place! Sex! Afterwards, I feel really loose and relaxed. Also, it takes care of that pesky libido, which is finally back after 5 months! lol!

sprusso |

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I sit on my yoga ball. point my knees out as far as i can and just rock back and forth....the more you strech the better it is.

kitty33 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I agree with the first response, the article itself was kind of pointless, with exception of the fact that it encouraged some discussion. I sit on the exercise ball and rock back and forth and side to side... Its good practice for labor too! Hot showers help as well.

mamafoxX2 |

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Well this is my 4th baby and he is a booger. I have tried yoga, massage, warm baths/heating pads, chiropractors and still have days where it breaks me down to tears. Never had it to this severity before. If any of you have a REAL suggestions beyond what is above I would love to try it. I am currentl 31 weeks and am only going to getting bigger so please help me make it through to the end.

lawgic10 |

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The good Lord blessed me with child bearing hips from the start - but ! Those wide hips of mine do NOT allow for comfortable side-sleeping as recommended. I have to shove pillows under my belly and side to adjust for the extra weight sagging my waist down at night. This straightens my spine, but then---you have to stay in that position or wake up, readjust, and try to fall asleep again. I'd rather plop on the couch where my hips can sink in between the cushions and I can sleep on either side without readjusting. The sad thing is, my husband can't find a way to fit there with me. It's a trade-off I guess, but the pain relief is there by morning and I actually get some sleep. I just miss my snuggle buddy though! 13 days left - however - so I can pull this off! Yes!

cjderiese |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

im not that far along (14 weeks) but a heating pad works wonders on my already aching back. wish this had a little better answer as well!

oconnor1207 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

i feel like they are just saying get over it. it's happening whether you like it or not. no suggestions for relief whatsoever. thanks a lot!

amanda will2011 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I am 24 weeks and I feel like if I could just disconnect my left leg from my hip, everything would be better. This is my second pregnancy and I've never experienced pain like this before. I don't even have to do anything around the house or with my sons and I am miserable, like I can't even put one foot in front of the other. Going to bed at night barely happens. I basically have to sit down and have my boyfriend lift my legs onto the bed, help me get comfortable, and tuck me into a bed full of pillows, which of course I struggle to get back out of. And there's nothing I can do? Wonderful...

castevens89 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

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jerryms |

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Dear Bump expert: Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to be in pain. There are many things that you can do to help decrease pain during pregnancy. Seeing a chiropractor is a great choice, I happen to be a chiropractor as well, and I specialize in treating pregnant women. Having a balanced pelvis not only aids in less painful pregnancy but can also help the baby get into the optimum position for delivery, which can translate to an intervention free, shorter and easier labor and delivery (and who wouldn’t want that). A lot of my patients also find relief from prenatal massage, yoga and acupuncture. Pregnant women of America.. you do not need to be miserable for 9 months! There are so many great professionals that can help!

califangel12 |

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I have been laying on a heating pad for enough time to relax my muscles (not too long!), then I let my hub rub my lower back and buttocks - it really helps!

Delayna0412 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

The one thing that has helped me is a body pillow and placing the bottom half between my thighs.

lindz0529 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Like many have said before, I found that the body pillow helps some. But for bad days, I find just tailor sitting (sitting cross legged) on the couch or on the floor will help "re-align" my hips.

Starprint |

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my doctor says to use a belly support band, it help support everything and relieves some of the pressure, i guess its good for your back too! i used one in my second pregnancy and it worked wonders!

mommyburgess23 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My hips have also been really sore, especially at night from sleeping on my side. My DH got me a pregnancy pillow (snoogle brand) and it's a godsend! We also got a 3-inch Serta memory foam mattress topper from overstock.com for about $100 which SERIOUSLY helps the hip, shoulder, and back pain! C'mon bump, not a single suggestion? Some of these ideas are pretty simple....

lomalisa1 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

ANSWER = YOGA. Prenatal yoga focuses on this stuff, def. worth looking up a video. :)

buttaflly227 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Takinga a hot bath and sleep on your back if your boobs will allow you is the best way to " help" normal pains. But careful getting up and down.

keke91511989 |

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I actually have whats called pubis dysfunction. It's when my body over produces that natural hormone you need for your hips and everything else to get pushed out of the way. I even had some cartilage brake and am prohibited from stairs. I have found two things that really help and those are an ice pack and water (swimming). The ice pack is good if i'm soar at night it helps relieve the pain in my hips so my back and legs can relax too. But the swimming is the best! After i'm done walking back and forth in a pool and sizzoring my legs in the water i get out feeling like i can run again!! (although i don't actually run :) ) And even if you live in a cold climate (i'm prego in a montana winter) there is usually a pool somewhere like a YMCA, university, or hit up a physical therapy place.

aprilcarrollwestberry |

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I would try to avoid a chiropractor the sudden pops may give instant relief but in my experience by the end of the night i feel much worse because my muscles are freaking out from the sudden movement. Instead my pt gave me an exercise that will gently put me back into place. What you do is lay on your back ( you can elevate your back with pillows if you need) and put your feet down so your knee's are in the air. Then have someone put a fist between your knee's and squeeze as hard as you can then do the opposite have someone put their hands on the outside of your knees and push out. If you don't have someone you can always use a belt for one and something hard between your knees. I was unable to walk i hurt so bad one time and someone did this and it didn't make all the pain go away but it did give me my mobility back and i was able to sleep through the night. I try to do this exercise a few times a day.

aprilcarrollwestberry |

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What if sudden pain in one or the other hip is so suddenly intense that it wakes you up in the middle of the night and has you nearly screaming? What do you do then??

keriannethebride |

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Prenatal cradle mini( about $20 on amazon) will help support your hips and pelvis as they prepare for the big day. I have hip dysplasia and am on my feet for 13 hours a day at work and this has helped with some extra support. Good supportive shoes are important and doung squats with a 10 pound kettle ball. I found sleeping on my sides with one of my legs bent up for support helps. I also just wear a belly band from target under my clothes each day. The tight, stretchy material offers just a little extra support. Good luck, it gets better as you get bigger, at least or me,.

Mrsfispego |

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Go walk in your neighborhood or on a treadmill. Stop being so cranky. This website is here to offer advice and explanations. If you don't like what they have to say then don't read the articles anymore. Be happy to be pregnant- stop whining!

kimswart |

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Amen on the yoga and exercise! I would also recommend trying a low back support brace. You can get them in medical equipment stores, online, or in maternity stores. I got mine from the Motherhood Maternity website. I think it was around $30. I wore it for a few days before I noticed major relief, but I won't go to work without it now! Gentle low back, abdominal, and hip strengthening exercises have helped, too. Also, make sure you're being sensible about body mechanics in general.

EricaB3884 |

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I just hit 21 weeks and have had hip joint and the tendons in my thighs ache like I over exercised, is it still from the hormones loosening my joint or is that too soon?

Zoaea |

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I agree with seattle mermaid! Cant believe they havent come up with something to help other than some kind of pill! My hips have been killing me i cant even sleep on my side at night anymore but im not allowed to sleep on my belly so what the heck do i do? Pregnancy is a pain in the butt literally, but i guess like they said its all worth it in the end i guess until then bring on the pain!

SweetestSin1 |

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I have found help with stretching in child's pose and combining it with long, slow hip circles ( most pregnancy yoga places do this) Also start sleeping with a pillow between your knees now to help the discomfort you get from laying down. I've also found that not resting all my weight on one side and standing / sitting with my weight centered helps take the pressure off. Hope this helps! I know this part of pregnancy sucks almost as bad as morning sickness and stretch marks :-)

LauraT8665 |

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I haven't had much pain, but I find that when I get uncomfortable at night a body pillow between the legs helps, and propping my belly up on it takes the pressure off my hips as well.

JBrooks315 |

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I stretch whenever I'm feeling uncomfortable due to sore hips/pelvis. Some other joints get sore too, like my knees for example. I have my husband massage my feet to give me a little break and at night I hug a body pillow which helps me not feel so sore in the hips.

MusiqueEstVie |

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I get the worst hip pain at night as well but ever since I have been stretching before bed and after I wake up in the morning, it's not as bad. I use a pillow between my legs here and there as well but I keep it between my knees and ankles to keep my body aligned right. But the stretching feels so good while I'm doing it and definitely has helped long term. I would look up basic hip streching techniques, I got some from my hubby since he's a workout-aholic and already knew some and they have helped. I also do them in the bed right before I go to sleep!!

ddab78 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I get terrible hip pain towards the end of the day. Prenatal yoga helps with the stretching of ligaments and joint pains. At the end of the day, I get home and sit on my exercise ball, rocking back and forth. That really helps relieve the pressure and pain.

ashleynnnicole |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My hips got really bad this week. I'm at 20 weeks with twins. I have the snoogle. It helps some but I feel like I have to move every 2 hours. I started using my heating pad on the bed and sleep on that with my hip on it. That has helped a lot. I do end up need to heat it up again when I switch sides but its an easy fix to get some sleep.

ECorman |

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My hips were giving me a lot of trouble a night (due to sleeping on my side), one side even frequently went numb to the touch, although there was still pain in the joint. I talked to my OB about it and she recommended using a body pillow in between the knees. I has been using a regular pillow, but using the body pillow helped. She also said if you just raise on side of your body 3 inches or so that it's ok to lay on your back because baby is pushed off that nerve. I tried this a few nights with just a regular pillow and it seemed to make it worse cause my hip was awkwardly in the air while the rest of my body was on the bed. But since I've started using the body pillow this has been very helpful! I just lay all of one side on the body pillow and I'm elevated, but the pressure is off my hips. She gave me that advice at my 16 week appointment and I am now 20 weeks and have been sleeping better the past few week than I did at 12-16 weeks!! Hopefully this advice helps someone else! We definitely need our sleep now! :)

worldtraveler587 |

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I'm expecting my 4th child and while everyone has great ideas and I concur completely, there are days the pain just doesn't go away. I have found that moving to a recliner instead of trying to lay in bed is helpful. I only recline about 1/2 way and use a neck pillow so I don't hurt there in the morning. Sitting/lying in the recliner take a lot of the pressure off my lower back and hips so I can get a little more rest.

mimeberry |