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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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So far the best things for me have been to sleep with a pillow between my knees, lean back when I sit in my desk chair, and grin and bear it. It is apparently very common and after awhile just becomes another ache and pain. Several of my friend have tried the belts and the physical therapy but both have proved to be more of a hassle than a relief.

vhortde |

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LIsten up: This is my fourth pregnancy and I've had this issue every single time... occasionally to the point where I cannot walk at the end of the day my hips/ coccyx/ sacrum are so sore. With my first pregnancy I was told to do yoga, keep active, etc... and it resulted in a rarely discussed condition (even my doctor didn't know about it!) called pubic symphisis separation. Very painful. So here's my hard-earned recommendations/ knowledge. 1) It's caused by the hormone relaxin which is designed to help open up those hips and joints, yes. But it will affect your whole body, so be careful with yoga and other stretching exercises. 2) Keep your legs TOGETHER at all times. Sometimes I've triggered a bad episode just by pivoting wrong, stepping out of the car one leg at a time, or climbing out of the bed. Work to keep those hips still and keep those knees together with any movement. For ex, maybe not a good idea to squat down b/c you have to open your legs to make room for that big belly. Can make intercourse tough! 3) Sleep with a body pillow! It can be like night and day... you need to keep those knees and hips aligned all night or you'll wake up worse in the morning. 4) Baths/ tylenol/ chiropractic (although you're liable to "slip back out of joint" right away)/ massage can all help... at least with the muscle fatigue of trying to keep all those slipping joints together. 5) Rest and not pushing it when the pain comes on can be helpful with preventing the worst. 6) Anticipate freedom. Immediately after giving birth my issues went away, although I'm likely to be an arthritic old woman one day (research suggests this.) Take joint supplements/ Omega 3's if you've had this to help your old lady self to come.

bcgebhardt |

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I was sent to physical therapy for these pains. I do the following stretches in morning and in the evening. It takes about 10 minutes and helps me feel so much better! Lay flat on your back with one leg straight out and lift the other straight in the air. Pull the lifted leg toward your face until you feel the stretch and hold it for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on each side 3 times. The next is to lay on your back with one knee bent while the foot is still on the floor and the other leg crossed over it, ankle placed on the opposite knee. Pull the set toward your head and hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on each side 2-3 times. I hope this helps for you all! :0)

AGSkelton |

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I go to the chiropractor weekly. I had back issues before I became pregnant. When I was about 10 weeks pregnant they started to act up again. I've been going and every time I receive an adjustment I feel instantly better. Going more often makes sleeping easier as well. I would recommend going to a chiropractor if you have not yet!

nelleebelle |

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I have the same problem and found that a warm bath and tylenol really help. Also pre-natal yoga is great. Tell the instructor where you need to work it and she will incorporate some good stretches into the class session.

BlueBee |

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I have been swimming at my local Y a few times a week. They weightless feeling is great and it has really been helping me. Plus, my doctor says that the excercise will more than likely keep me limber so the birth will be easier.

Heather_Falvey |

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I have had the hip pain to the point of having to rollover every hour or so for the last few months. I bought a snoogle, which i hoped would help. but it didn't help until I raised it with one pillow below it and one on top of it. For some reason, sleeping on an angle in bed helps reduce the pressure on my hips. I also found that I have been oversleeping. Once I hit 7-1/2 hours, my body wants to be out of that bed!

kforno |

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I have the exact same problem- thanks for calling the official answer lame, it was. I invested in a nice, thick memory foam matress for my bed that has been a life saver on my hips. I still have some pain at night, but trying different sleeping positions and incorporating pillows has been better. I try not to sleep directly on my side as this seems to cause the most pain by morning. Instead I use the pillow between my knees and to support my belly as I lie on my side/front like I did before I was PG. Also, I've been seeing a chiropractor for back pain (started before PG, got worse during) and it's been a lifesaver.

Bonitachic |

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My back & pelvic pain have just started up at 28 wks. A heating pad helps a lot. I also use a regular body pillow, not those fancy formed ones, and it helps take some of the preasure off. I've been doing belly danging since before I was pregnant, Doing slow grounded hip movements will also hel to relieve, stretch and strengthen your back and hips. I feel better after doing large hip circles (slowly) and figure eight's or infinity circles. Prenatal yoga is also great. The hardest part about these new pains and discomforts is not to just give in and lay around with a heating pad all the time. I have to force myself to do something to move and stretch, because sitting too long is really painful. Again, i can't encourage women to try prenatal belly dance enough. The movements are very gentle, grounded and natural to the female body. I have 3 DVD's, the best ones are Amira- belly dance & yoga for pregnancy (very detailed and also has movements that will help turn the baby if breech and stimulate labor). Belly Baby with Neena is another great video (has floor movements for early pregnancy and modified chair positions for third trimester). Hope you find some of this helpful. Good luck in your pregnancy!

Desi632 |

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I find that my pelvis and hips hurt the most at night after i've been laying down for a while, and I find the only real relief is to prop two pillows behind my head, neck, and upper chest, and put one pillow under my knees. When I do wake up, I'm not nearly as sore as normal. Sometimes the pain is so bad I can't even sit up, so being able to get out of bed easily normally means it will be a good day!

Faeliea |

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I tried the body pillow, pillow between the knees, etc but the best solution for me has been to put a pillow under my side that I'm sleeping on to give that arched area support and the pain instantly goes away.

jd10902003 |

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if you have super bad pain it could be SPD (symphsis pubis dyisfunction) Google it!

coltonsmommyx3 |

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I am 25 weeks now and I notice my hips usually hurt every morning from sleeping on my side and if I am on my feet too long like in a store or something, boy does my pelvis hurt to the point where I NEED to sit down and not get up the rest of the day! I do find that doing yoga in the morning can be helpful. I have a prenatal yoga DVD which has good stretches for my hips. Still though I think the pain is inevitable...just another one of the joys of pregnancy, but the end result is woth it!

susie985 |

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I dread night time as the pain always intensifies.. I've found relief with a pillow between my knees (make sure it's from the knee to the ankle however you want to bend your legs), going to the chiropractor (it's common to have a dysfunction of the sacroiliac joints -lower back/hip right around your butt crack- with the hormones that are causing our body to become more loose & stretchy), massage, and acupuncture (Those of you who are Americans - many chiropractors can do acupuncture treatments, and Canadians - get your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist!). Use heat or ice depending on what feels better for you (I prefer heat), and slow side to side/front to back hip movements while sitting on an exercise ball.. Good luck ladies!

jennmorrice |

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First...thank you so much for this post! I thought I was the only pregnant woman who dealt with this. I am 28 weeks pregnant and have had such an easy pregnancy (no nausea, little heart burn) but this pelvis pain is really intense! I have cocyx pain when I sit for too long, hip pain when I sleep on my side and front pubic pain when I walk. I have found two things that help 1. changing positions frequently seems to help me and 2. pelvic counter pressure. My husband and I started lamaze last week and learned this labor technique. I was so suprised when he did it right! I felt so much relief!

mambourg |

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i've been using the snoogle in bed, but when i'm loafing around, i LOVE my yoga ball!! whether watching tv or playing on my laptop, i just sit right on the ball and let it rooooll my hips and pelvis open. if you rock on it it also loosens the lower back (which has been super crunchy lately). i paid something like $14 for a good one on target.com. hope that helps!!

MamaWolf77 |

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I'm in my 18th week and also have hip and sacral pain. I also have an IT band injury from running but I've found that a foam roller helps stretch out my aches and pains. You can find them at any sport store or exercise section at Target or Walmart. I lay on top of it and roll whatever is sore just watch your belly. It also helps when there's noone around to massage.

mjls73 |

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I also have the same problem. I would also highly suggest going to the chiropractor...will it help with the loosening of ligaments due to hormones? No. But every month I go I feel like a million bucks after an appointment. It helps that I went before monthly for my regular adjustments due to a neck injury, but he works wonders every month when I go in my hips/lower back area now! They also may be able to provide you with specific stretches to help you alleviate some of the pain and/or other options to make this as "easy" as possible in between appointments...

Natalie777 |

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I've also been suffering with this. I have a things called hypermobility which means my joints already spontaneously dislocate, etc. Unfortunatley, those hormones that relax joints, etc makes my condition worse. My suggestion? Long baths and braces. You may feel ridiculous wearing two ankle and or knee braces, but it keeps your hips stable and helps with mid-back pain as well.

juliew1420@yahoo.com |

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For the hip pain mine is usually when I'm laying down. It was much worse with my 1st and much earlier with my 2nd to be. I try cushioning the aching side by laying halfway on a body pillow and have the end of the pillow inbetween my knees. If I feel it during the day I usually massage the hip area and that sometimes helps. But my doc told me at 1st pregnancy there was not really much that could be done or taken. soorry hope this helps.

tay1020 |

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After trying a prenatal massage and having the woman tell me she could sense the tightness in my pelvic muscle, she referred me to a chiropractor who too told me my pelvic muscle and sacrum where all messed up. I could barely walk without it feeling like my legs were going to fall off and I'd crash to the ground. My chiro had me stop going for evening walks for 2 weeks to help decrease the swelling in my sacrum. An ice pack for 20 minutes a day on my lower back along with very simple stretching (H stretch, butterfly, etc) everything loosened up. I still go in every 2 weeks to make sure things stay in place so I don't have a painful delivery but I HIGHLY recommend the chiropractor. Pregnancy doesn't have to be painful so getting things put back in place every few weeks is good for both you and baby...and makes sleeping a lot easier.

holstir32 |

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Just turned 18 weeks, had a massage last week and a few days later I got a jilting lower back pain on one side of my body. Every time I tired to bend down to put a shoe on or a basic walking down the hall just triggered the horrendous pain. Of course it happened over the holiday weekend and no doctors office was open to ask what to do. I went to the local pharmacy and they suggested Tylenol and I asked if it was okay to use a mild muscle cream for heat. I was skeptical about using a heating pad??? The pharmacist told me it was okay to use the cream in a thin layer so the medication from the cream does not soak into the skin and affect the baby. It helped but I cant help but think it is still wrong. any ideas?

ajwagen |

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My doctor suggested Tylenol, more vitamin C, and calcium. I've just started the calcium supplements, and I hope they work.

bnichole13 |

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CHIROPRACTIC is the key!!!!!!!!! I've been under care for a bout 4 years, but now that I am pregnant and my body is going crazy I am going more frequently (and not to a "pain clinic" ) I'm talking corrective chiropractic care that makes sure everything is in alignment and functioning at 100%. I have never felt better - no aches, no pains - it even helped with my morning sickness and nausea - I had ONE day of it in this whole 14 weeks!!!!!! :-) I definitely would not be taking any pain meds ( even over the counter)....

kristencs |

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and ANY creams/lotions you use on you skin are 100% ABSORBED!!!!!!!!!! FYI

kristencs |

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I practice prenatal yoga for 40 minutes every other day. I don't believe this will alleviate the pain. It will help to keep the muscles loose to prevent muscle cramping which would lead to more pain. Thus it is useful. I have wide hips and as such must sleep with a miniature pillow between my lower rib line and my hip line in addition to sleeping with a maternity pillow that keeps my swollen ankles and achy knees separated. This works wonderfully and provides extra support for the baby.

SaberTea |

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I myself take a warm epsom salt bath every night. Magnesium helps with aches and pains so this always helps. Your body absorbs all it needs within 15 minutes and it seems to help me sleep like a baby pregnant or not.

krayzid0rkk |

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Prenatal yoga helps a lot! I have a busy schedule so YogaDownload.com has been a lifesaver. For under $4 you can download a class (slideshop or audio) and put on your iPod or phone: http://www.yogadownload.com/Classes/ViewClasses/tabid/69/catid/20/ViewClasses.aspx

kungfuwifey |

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Try using an exercise ball. I found out about it in my first pregnancy and it works like a charm in relieving a little of the aches and pains.

ljamail |

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thanks for all the tips. I am only 14 weeks and my hips are killing me. i am going to try the body pillow tonight, since when i am laying in bed it is the worse

colleen7282 |

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Strengthen your CORE muscles as soon as possible.. I learned the hard way. It can keep everything together inside you..together! Don't over do it but having tougher muscles can help ward off the pain (it will come eventually)

barbblenkin |

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It's so frustrating when dr's say there is nothing you can do except deliver... it's so NOT true. My SIL's used the Symphysis Maternity Belt and had great success. I used it for my lower back pain and it helped tremendously!

mommax3girls |

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i've been going to a specialized chiropractor for the past 6 weeks and she is AMAZING!!!! i couldn't walk right 6 weeks ago because with my first baby he split one sciatic nerve and this baby's sitting on the other one, so it was very painful and it felt like those nerves were being pinched in the worst ways, and unfortunately i never had any warning when they would cause pain, but now at 35 1/2 weeks my hips started to hurt, i went to my chiropractor and again that girl is AMAZING!!! i feel sooooooo much better every time i walk out of her office ^_^

izsmz101 |

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I have had severe throbbing in my hips on whichever side I sleep on. I'm good for about 2 hours on one side, 2 hours on the other and then i'm at a loss for how to sleep becuase by 4 am both sides throb and I still need more sleep. I end up propped up in the sitting position with an airline pillow around my neck for the rest of the night. Then I started seeing my chiropractor! I agree with the above comment, the chiropractor has really helped me as well. I bought a special pregnancy pillow also but its not substantial enough. When I grab a sturdy couch cushin for between my legs I find my hips hurt a lot less too. I sleep so much better now. But if I lapse in seeing my chiropractor, the pains creep back up.

cbesecker |

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My pain is so weird it is only one hip. I go to the chiropractor regularly and he keeps on adjusting my lower back and sacrum bones. But within a day or two I am back out of alignment. I don't know if it is something to do with an old injury where I had broken my tailbone. Does the hot or cold therapy work better? I am only 13 weeks so I know it is going to get worse. I have tried walking it off but it is too painful. Any other suggestions.

khuchowski |

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Swimming laps helps me feel less sore, but my soreness is mainly lower back and some hips.

jazzbone42 |

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Glad I'm not the only one with these pains! My hips have made me absolutely miserable! Unfortunately, I work on feet and sit down as often as possible and have had a snoogle for weeks now (I'm 18 wks today :)) and it does help a little. I don't like the idea of taking tylenol all the time, so I guess I'm going to have to try the chiropractor. I've seen one before for neck pain, so I know what to expect, but I know my current insurance does not cover chiropractic care...anyone know how much to expect to pay per visit?

VMichonski |

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I don't do yoga, but I have a yoga ball for pressure relief! It also helps me sit up a bit straighter :) I usually sit on it and either rock back and forth or move in a circular motion and it surprisingly does wonders for me! Hope this helps!

crshafer |

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I have the same symptoms and find that doing leg lifts while on all fours help or while getting out the shower I place my hands on the tub and do leg lifts. Also, sitting on the floor and stretching from side to side while having your legs apart help.

littlehawkins12 |

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My hips and the sides of my legs hurt and they look like they have busted blood vessels on them.. I'm wondering if they will go away after I have the baby!!

boyds1414 |

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Getting prenatal massages ever week or two help to loosen up the muscles as well as prepare the body for labor and delivery! Not saying it will take all the pain away, but it does def help! Also taking larger doses of magnesium/calcium helps to ease the muscle aches and pains especially at night!

SunnieB7 |

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I found taking warm shower before bed and a putting a large body pillow between my legs really helps.

mgrazier1 |

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Go to a good chiropractor! Make sure they specialize in pregnancy. Here is where you can find one http://backpainandpregnancy.blogspot.com/

falafala |

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I was having horrible hip and lower back pain and my midwife sent me to a physical therapist. After about an hour of evaluation at physical thereapy she had decided that it was my SI (SACROILIAC) Joints. These are joints located at the 2 dimples of the lower back. The pain often feels deep within your lower back and can occur on one or both sides of your back. In some cases, pain radiates down to the buttock and the back of the thigh. She gave me a brace to wear around my lower hip adn back that compresses the joints and it REALLY helps!! I don't have the pain while walking when I wear it and I don't limp either!! Laying down is much more comfy too!!!

SMNTRITTX4 |

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Try using one of those large exercise balls for sitting and also rolling your back on, that was a suggestion to me from my doctor and massage therapist ;) Good luck !

TysonS27 |

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I have pain in my hips and pelvis so bad that even rolling over in bed brings me to tears. My OBGYN said I have pelvic girdle pain or pelvic shear as some sites call it. The only thing that makes it tolerable are frequent trips to my chiropractor to keep my pelvis lined up as best as possible. Things to help: don't sit cross-legged even if you still can, keep your knees together as much as possible, and don't sit on really soft surfaces for long period of time (you need more firmness). Getting in the car or bed: Sit down, knees together, and then turn both legs at the same time. Don't put 1 leg in and have the other follow. Knees together is the mantra with this pain. It has improved now that I'm working on the changes but it won't completely go away until delivery.

Ittyla |

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My doctor also told me to use the exercise ball and try sitting on it instead of the couch for a bit during the evenings and just move around to stretch out... also was told to stretch often especially when I am starting to feel sore... last but not least and what has helped the most... sleep with a pregnancy or full body pillow... I lay with it under my side and then between my knees which helps support the weight of your uterus when you are sleeping and the cusion between your knees help relieve the stress on your hips and legs too! hope this helps someone

e7houk |

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I'm 35 weeks now and I like to get into the bath tub and roll onto my belly while supporting myself with my elbows (which is easy since I practically float anyway). The warm water makes me relax helps relieve my lower back/pelvic pain. I probably look hilarious doing this but it really helps me!

jessmph0911 |

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I am only 10 weeks, but I am beginning to find out that my usual sleeping positions aren't as comfortable. Does anyone have an idea for staying comfortable? I can't breathe when I sleep on my back (not uncommon for me) and sleeping on either side gets to be too uncomfortable on my hips after too long. I usually sleep on my stomach, but, lately, I have been registering that "full" feeling and it makes sleeping on my stomach too uncomfortable...

AmMich89 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I've had hip pain since three month and pelvic pain since 6 months. I wonder if having more pelvic pain means your pelvis is opening up a lot and maybe you'll have an easy labor or if I'm having pain because my pelvis is having such a hard time opening up and then I won't have such an easy labor.

mamakita2011 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I stretch and Icy hot along with tylenol have been my bestfriend

jackeec1987 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I'm 29 weeks and I have been dealing with this pain for the last month. I have tried heat, Tylenol, taken hot baths, and gotten a pregnancy massage. All only work for about an hour and then the pain returns. It has gotten so bad I actually called the birthing center to make sure I wasn't in labor (and I have a son so I have been in labor). I'm over not being able to sleep because of the pain!

WhitneyHartwell |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

What I've noticed is that for me it's about not letting my knees cross the midline of my body - keeping them directly in line with my hips or wider. You spend a lot of time lying in bed at night, so it's been especially important for me to get this when I go to bed. I know a lot of women like body pillows, but I've had great success sleeping with rolled up fleece blankets... One time I was in our local drugstore and saw fleece blankets on sale for $2.50 each. I bought a few, rolled two together each, and at night I place one roll on either side of me. Whichever side I sleep on, my bottom leg extends below me, and the top knee is propped up on the roll - lined up with my top hip, not below it. It's worked really well for me for many weeks now (I'm at 37) because the rolls are firm, don't compress much, and provide a little traction but they're still soft on your skin. They don't take up much room, and you don't have to wrestle them like an alligator to flip over (like you would with a body pillow). The few times I've had to travel and sleep in another bed without my fleece bolsters have been terrible - pillows are too soft, too bulky, and unfold too easily. It's even worse if the sheets are smooth and slippery, because you slide out of position. In those cases I've used rolled up towels, but they can be a little scratchy (and I've been more itchy than usual during pregnancy). I don't know how any pregnant woman could sleep on a flat bed with no bolsters now! The fleece bolsters have made all the difference for me, and were inexpensive. Highly recommend trying it!

anne73 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I was having hip pain and my doctor gave me some great stretching techniques. My husband was there so he showed him how to help me with them. One way was to lay flat on my back and pull one leg at a time up vertically until I felt the stretch. Another is to put your knee up to your chest. Have your husband apply the pressure for both stretches. They really have helped :)

Myranda23 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I am so sore I can't walk more than 5 to 10 steps without my hip completely giving out on me. Stretching does nothing... I am almost 38 weeks and my doctor recommended stripping my membranes to help move things along. Im seriously considering it with the pain I am in...

Zeebra24 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Get a "birthing ball"- or in my case an exercsie one one for ten pounds from my local sports store. It has been a godsend- either sitting on it and bouncing for ten mins which really does bring relief (although you feel silly!) or even better if you kneel on a cushion and kind of drape yourself forward onto it. It releases tension in my pelvis and hips, which can be constant at the moment. Also, I have found that it is a great postiion for a back rub from my husband! Hope this helps!

mrscarnell |

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I had been experiencing pain in only my left hip until week 35 (I'm 39 weeks now). Now I experience pain in both hips especially at night when I try to turn over in bed. It can hurt so bad that I cannot move at all. Tylenol doesn't help! Had to ask for something stronger and was prescribed a low dosage of vicodin. I don't take it every night only when the pain is especially bad. Thank God I am only one week away and my OB doesn't want me going past my due date. Almost there, so close I can taste it.

kellyl831 |

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I know its part of pregnancy, but to be honest this being my second I'm doing so much different and it's helping a lot. I've been doing this workout DVD five days a week (unless I'm really sore) and it's been helping heeps. It's called Denis Austin's Fit and Firm Pregnancy and I heard about it on this site. You do everything in it but it's still light enough that you aren't hurting and it helped me lose some extra lbs I had put on in the first month, tightened up my body and helped with everything from my sore low back to my crazy nausea. It was like 15 dollars and so worth it so if ur really hurting I would suggest this or any low impact daily workout (ie:walking, swimming, aqua fit etc.) Good luck ladies and hope this helps someone else the way it's helped me~!

Samantha_rmt |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I'm 14 wks. & I found that lukewarm baths with Epsom salt helps. I use the lavender scent because it helps relax me even more. It sends me straight to sleep once I'm done & in bed! Hope this helps mommies, good luck & Congrats :)

kaybee8607 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I had hip reconstruction right before we got Pregnant. Note ideal at all, but it is what it is. The best thing honestly is to walk and move around. Massage, and not my favorite, but ice is nice don't think twice. Just making sure that the ice is not directly on baby! Also Stretch those hamstrings, I was amazed at how tight I was and how much better I felt after I stretched them out. Hope this helps !

amequet |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I don't fully have an answer to relieving the pain. I do go to a chiropractor which helps my lower back pain go away for a little while. What I really want to know is how to get rid of pelvic pain all day everyday I feel like I've been straight up kicked in the vigina and it's horrible! Does anyone else have this problem and how have you been able to relieve the pain?

dayadrienne |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My first pregnancy was worse as far as hip pain and pelvic pressure and pain. I recommend a warm shower or bath, some basic stretching and Tylenol. Always helped me, then if you are a side sleeper a pillow between the knees relieves some of the pain as well. It is helpful that you know your body though, a friend of mine began this pain at 34 weeks and went into labor a few days later, she was unable to deliver naturally. I had mine via c-section because their heads were just to darn big for my narrow bones, but the aches began around 30 weeks and I went to 39 weeks the first time and scheduled the second for 39 weeks. Hope this helps someone.

kacmoss |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Aches every where! I found that taking a nuke-warm bath (obviously my water has not broken) sooths the muscles around my pelvis and releaves pressure on my pelvise quite a bit. Light stretching and rythmic breathing (preggo-yoga style) also have helped me relax. One last thing, excercize ball!!!! It works like a charm.

jessholderby85 |

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Warm baths and heating pad have been helpful. The yoga ball is the best! I was skeptical that it would help but it really has made these last few weeks bearable (am 26 weeks now). One thing that helps too is when still hurting after using the above techniques is having dh massage hips. Just a mid pressure massage. It helps me to relax and helps relieve the pain for a bit.

vla00300 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My OB said "heating pad, tylenol, and rest." It also feels AWESOME when hubby rubs my lower back, right at the top of my pelvis. Otherwise, I hate to say it, but thanks to Eve, pregnancy and pain go hand in hand, and it's just up to us to wrestle with different positions, different numbers and placements of pillows, different amounts of tylenol, and different pressure points for hubby to push. Good news, it does end....eventually. Then we have baby and it's worth it. :)

CelticHebrew |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I sit on an exercise ball per my OB's recommendation at least 30 mins. per day. Rolling around really helps open up my pelvis and whatnot. And at $25, it's a cheap fix.

mgrosse87 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I have had this problem as well - I have found a few things to be very helpful: 1. I no longer sleep on the bed, as it is way too firm. I pile up pillows on the couch and sleep on my side, changing sides periodically. I also keep a pillow between my knees. I find that sinking into the pillows helps relieve the way that my big belly pulls on the muscles in my back. 2. I take epsom salt baths almost every night. I am still sore when I get out of the tub, but for the moment soaking in the water helps relieve pressure, and the epsom salt helps with achy muscles. 3. I use an electric heating pad on my back when it is really hurting. The heat really will eliminate the pain for a while. Its great. I actually injured my back a couple months ago - it got too weak and I hadnt realized the way I was sleeping was making it weaker, and I eventually pulled some muscles pretty severely - and sitting with my back against the heating pad was a life saver. And tylenol.

gator061 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My Dr. recommended that I get a support belt. This would help to hold my belly up and prevent so much pelvic, back and leg pain.

scoshia |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

The best solution I've found for sore hips and pelvis at night is to sleep with a pillow between my legs from the knees down. Somehow, keeping my legs in line with my hips helps

donset |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Try an exercise ball, and do those circular/figure 8 movements with your hips (pelvis). Personally, I have found that when I do it for at least a 1/2 hour at night (or longer), I can actually feel the baby moving and falling into a different position. It relieves pressure everywhere. I've started eating breakfast every morning on the ball before I go to work, and it totally changes how uncomfortable I am throughout the day. It's also helped at times with nerve pinches, achy lower back, etc.... I've been sleeping better, too! The heating pad is also very helpful, along with a nice warm shower. Sometimes a carmel sundae with nuts from McDonald's makes things a little happier as well =)

Jlcordova |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

There are some really good exercises that require you to lay on your back, but only for a little while. While on your back, bend your knees and put one ankle on the back of your other knee. Have your partner help you slowly lift your legs and push against them. Hold it for 5 to 10 seconds and repeat. Switch your legs and repeat.

ajredcoats78 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and prenatal massage has been really helpful.

nedwards144 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Pelvic rocking will help strengthen your abdominal muscles, 2-3 times a day is recommended. Get on all fours and move your pelvis up and down about 40-50 times, looks funny, but it works! It will also help prepare your body for labor.

SULLENS |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I'm at 18 weeks, about 3 weeks into sleeping on my side consistently, which after a few days started really hurting my inner and outer hips. I have been seeing a chiropractor for 2 weeks, and this has helped TONS. He has helped me not only with re-alignment in my back, pelvis and neck, but also with suggestions of stretching for my particular problems and how to be aware of my posture while standing, sitting and sleeping. I HIGHLY recommend seeing someone instead of trying to self treat if your pain is unbearable like mine was. I never could have found his advice online. Also, he suggested (instead of a heat pad) to do a treatment of ice, heat, ice. This really helps with the inflammation of the bursa, which is what he said was my pain on the outer hip. I still have some pain, but if I remember to do the ice, heat, ice and stretch, it's significantly less and I can get some sleep. No pain, no gain surely... but a girl's gotta sleep!

chantaep |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

I find a nice warm bath works great. I also have back pain and cold compression works great. It may work for your hips as well. Worth a try. I have wraps from King Brand and they will fit for the hip as well. A lot of people don't consider cold but cold does bring down inflammation and with inflammation comes pain. If it is inflammation, try cold. It works for me. http://www.kingbrand.com/Back-Ice-Packs-and-wraps.php?REF=34PV4

ashleyorm |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

GET A MASSAGE!

mbender7 |

Q&A: Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

My pelvic muscles hurt VERY bad now. Especially when I use my legs. Standing hurts, walking, squatting, getting up, etc... I have to lay in bed or sit down most of the time. I massage the muscles between my legs. The pelvic muscles. It sounds naughty in a way but at least it gives me temporary relief. I feel like I've been riding on a bike seat for a week or something. It almost feels like I've been kicked down there or bruised. Especially when I'm walking! Yoga is out of the question. Ouch!

Oliviux78 |