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Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

My belly is so big... and my body is so sore. How can I reduce the all-over aches and pains?

Re: My belly is so big... and my body is so sore. How can I reduce the all-over aches and pains?

The Bump Expert

You've got our sympathy. At least in terms of physical comfort, sometimes pregnancy just plain isn't fun. There are ways to reduce the soreness, though. A massage from your partner can help you feel better, as can stretching and light exercise. A few laps in the pool can work in two way, both by strengthening your abdominal and lower back muscles and by taking some strain off of your joints and ligaments. Working on your posture is another biggie -- proper alignment strengthens muscles and reduces strain. Simply shifting positions also might help a bit, and heating pads can offer soothing relief. As with any pain, listen to your body and avoid activities that seem to make the pain worse, particularly those requiring extreme movements of your hips or spine. And try not to let the pain get you too down -- delivery day is coming soon!

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Aches, pains and sore spots?

The tendons and muscles in my groin area just hurt. It feels like a huge bruise down there when I get up and try walking...What I have been doing to manage my pain is having my fiance' stretch me and going to biweekly Chiropractor appointments.I highly recommend both!!

kima76 |

re: Q: Aches, pains and sore spots?

I have pain in my hips and lower back everynight when I try to go to bed. It doesn't bother me too much during the day. Besides a chiropractor anyone have any suggestions? I have tried pillows between legs, underneat them. I have tried massages, sleeping on the couch and floor.

ckwas26 |

re: Q: Aches, pains and sore spots?

my sciatic nerve has been hurting SO bad lately. It hurts to walk or sit down or anything. :( I hope this doesn't last throughout the rest of my pregnancy. :(

sugareexx |

re: Q: Aches, pains and sore spots?

my back is the worst, i have a sore spot for 2 weeks now and can't wait to visit my chiropractor!!! a god send if you ask.

turkeybaby11 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I have found that performing back and hip stretches at least once a day (sometimes twice a day) is tremendously helpful. I try to stretch before before too and it seems to help with the discomfort at night. I googled sciatica in pregnancy and found some really nice stretches and exercises to do. One is called the dromedary droop: you get on hands and knees on the floor and arch and relax your back. This one also helps for stomach "tightness" (i.e. it stretches out those sore and tight ab muscles). Good luck and happy sleeping!

mtgirl_5580 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

Ive learned that no matter what, it's very important to stay active, even if all you can manage is taking a break at work to walk around the office. I've been doing yoga and it does wonders too. If you can't find prenatal, you can take almost any kind of yoga as long as you tell your instructor that you are pregnant. She will be able to tell you what to avoid, alternative moves, and poses that will help you out in the delivery room.

mandilou221 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I know everyone says the pillows under/between the legs work for sore back/sciatic issues, but not for me. Actually what has worked best (so far) was an extra pillow under my head/shoulders. Stagger them like steps so you don't strain your neck, make it a gradual incline. For some reason it takes a little of the pressure off my back and I don't wake up walking like an old lady with hip problems. :)

noutzimou |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I started out with just back pain and occasional numbness and burning in my left leg, now my leg is completely numb there is no sensation at all, I just hope it goes away after the baby comes, has anybody had success with prenatal massage?

kellyc07 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I have been having severe pain underneath my right breast, sort of where my ribs are and the pain is so unbearable at times that I have to take Vicodin just to ease it for a few hours. Does anyone else have this problem?

ShellStier0114 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I'm due 1/11/11 and have the usual back/body aches, but for the last 11 days, I also get major flare-ups on my right side (not sure if that's just because Baby prefers being on my right side), near the ribs. It's debilitating if I don't catch it fast enough when I'm lying down. My midwife said it could be an issue with a floating rib and that Physical Therapy or a Chiropractor could help. I have my first ever Chiropractic appointment tomorrow.

PhilnDanny |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I would love to know the answer to the pain on the right side: My dr. told me that I may have pulled a muscle, or it may be a gall bladder problem. However, the tylenol he recommended does NOTHING for me. It's normally kind of a burning ache, unless I move a certain way (or something, I'm not completely sure what causes it to flare up) & then it's sharp & stabbing. Lying flat on my back relieves it somewhat, but it takes awhile... if anyone else has an answer, it would be GREATLY appreciated, I still have 6 weeks to go.

lcommesso |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I have the same problem with my right side. Its burning, then sharp and stabbing. Usually I have to lie down, on my left side to help ease it--but it only helps a little, if at all. Its been going on for the past 4 weeks (i'm 35 weeks along)....every time I go to the dr, I mention it, but they never really have an answer, or seem concerned...they just prescribe the tylenol, as usual.

jenluvsmike |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

i too have the problem with my right side...although its not so much a burning issue as an aching one. laying on my left side helps, but then the heartburn comes! I also have a burning sensation right in the middle, where my ribs meet my breastplate. I've been told its because I'm short and have very little torso to work with. I'm starting to think the baby may be breaking or bending my ribs!!! I'm 33 weeks along today and 7 more weeks of this sounds like torture! any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Kathleen528 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I am having burning like fire or knives under my left breast often... on top of those ribs and someone told me it's round ligament pain from skin stretching.... not sure though.

hepkins |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

Ive been MAJORLY suffering with back and sciatica induced hip pain for the past couple of weeks. Been doing pre-natal swim classes, physical therapy and chiropractor appts, too. The hardest part is not being able to sleep at night, because getting up and going to the bathroom is soooo painful. I can hardly sleep these days without my Tylenol PM. I feel bad taking it every night, but the doc says its alright, and I hear a lot of other mommies had to do the same thing. Hope this all goes away once the baby comes (in 5 weeks...!). Maybe then I will walk around again like I am 30, not 90 ;) Good luck to you other mommies! At least we're all in this together.

benandjaden |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

CHIROPRACTIC WORKS WONDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not been sick AT ALL - not one time (in 20 weeks) and I have no pain - well, my boobs hurt a bit at the end of the day because of being in a bra all day...but please check out prenantal chiropractic care - and keep it going once your baby is here (chiropractic works wonders for newborns and infants) - no drugs, just feeling amazing! :-)

kristencs |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I have Pain everywhere! My back is constanly hurting bc im regularly a peteite girl and my belly is sooo big.! haha Feels like i walk sticking my belly out. My hips are the worst tho, i cant lay down all night or i cant walk in the morning, my boyfriend has had to pick me up out of bed ( good thing he's strong.) :p And carry me to the bathroom or where i needed to go, but the worst pain is laying down i cant turn my body to flip over, or my hips grind and Pop Reallly loud. it's just sooo annoying! Wanting to be able to move but i cant bc of the pain... And my pelvic area hurts to stretch my legs or sit on wood chairs.. The funny thing is i walk almost everyday on long walks and constanly on my feet chasing my little girl! By the way im due july 22 so i cant wait to get him out into this world with us and be able to move around again!

bckgrimes07 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

My yoga ball has been my friend! In the evenings my lower back hurts deeper than a massage could touch and my hips ache bad. So I get on my knees with a pillow under them and lay my chest and head on the yoga ball hugging it. Then I rock back and forth. Similar to dromedary droop but I can sit there much longer and watch a movie while getting relief.

cherishMB |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

hi mommies, i am at 30 weeks now. i, too, am having terrible pain on the right side of my belly, it's not always on the same spot, ranging from the lower belly to below my ribs. mostly on my somewhere between my belly button & my waist. sharp, burning pain, it feels like there's a blunt object inside my belly, grinding, twisting & trying to break out. i half expect to see my bone sticking out if i look down!. sometimes it lasts for hours, and pains me the entire day. i've seen several doctors and none of them could give me an explanation. a couple of doctors told me i might have small stones in my urinary tract. ultrasound shows none. then they said it might be a urinary tract infection, but i have no symptoms for it. then one of them said that it might be related to my myomectomy last year... the only way to relieve the pain is by lying on my left side, if i catch it early it would go away in few minutes, but if i don't lie down fast enough, the pain escalates until i tear up. i can't move, let alone walk. if i press down on it helps numb it out a little, but my friend said i should do that. now i'm starting to get pain in my left side as well. it keeps me awake at night & wakes me up every few hours. i can't seem to find a position that can relieve pains on both sides... T.T i'm afraid it might get worse in the next 10 weeks....

impun |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I have taken to sleeping in the recliner at night to avoid hip pain. They used to ache so bad in the morning, after a night of flipping from one hip to the other. and I still suffer low back pain, but regular visits to the Chiro help with that. I told my OB about the pain under my left breast and she told me to switch from my underwire bra to a soft cup to avoid annoying the round ligaments and milk ducts, either of which could be causing the pain. But it will ALL be worth it once I am holding my little prince.

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watson012 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

I have had the pains under my left breast too, for over 3 months now. Sometimes it burns & tingles or goes numb. Other times it just flat hurts. Laying in my right side helps, but I always felt like I was suffocating up until my baby finally 'dropped'. I asked 3 different doctors - the general consensus was to try a sports bra, or something without an underwire and rub lotion into it.

kwoodfin27 |

Q&A: Pregnant and uncomfortable?

For hip, back and groin relief and overall prep for labor, I do this pregnancy yoga workout MINIMUM once a week. Morning is great because wake up time is most uncomfortable. It's a little cheesy to look at, but this guy knows his stuff and his wife is 7 mos pregnant in the video. You need a Hulu log in, but it's free. http://www.hulu.com/watch/154834/yoga-zone-postures-for-pregnancy

debjoepasquale |

pregnant-and-uncomfortable

Regular chiropractic adjustments help tremendously! Especially for delivery!! Prenatal massages are a must too :-)

lovable_1984 |