(Not my belly. Someone else’s.)
This pregnancy is different from the others. I don’t remember feeling this achy. I didn’t have pain like this, this early. I’m having painful cramps down low.
Not like Braxton-Hicks contractions (although I have lots of those, and always do, from pretty early on.)
I feel too birthy. Too pregnant for this stage. Is it because this is my 5th pregnancy? Or because I’m older this time? (I’ll be 35 next month.)
Today I’m talking very careful, deliberate steps. My pelvis hurts. I wince when I walk.
Usually the pain is down low in the back. It wakes me up at night and shoots down my hips. I thought this might be sciatica, but according to this article, only about 1% of pregnant women have sciatica. It’s more like “posterior pelvic pain”.
Did you have pelvic or back pain during pregnancy? How did you deal with it?
I did some research, some of which was helpful, but comic almost. Suggestions like:
“If you have posterior pelvic pain, avoid climbing stairs.”
I guess that means no more laundry for me! The washer and dryer are in the basement.
“Activities that can cause pain include: walking, rolling over in bed, sitting, getting in or out of the tub, bending, lifting, rising or getting into a chair.”
Oh, that narrows it down. So if I can just avoid *those* activities!
“Avoid activities like vacuuming and mopping that require you to bend and twist at the same time”
Yay, another chore I can get out of?
Interestingly the recommended treatments for pelvic or lumbar pain during pregnancy are things I find myself doing instinctively. Such as:
Swimming – Probably the perfect exercise for pregnant women. Walking hurts too much. The last time I went to the pool I had pain all day until I got into the water, then instant relief. Until I got out!
Warm bath – Soaking in a warm tub is the next best thing. It helps with the cramping too.
Stretching -In the middle of the night when the pain wakes me up, I get down on the floor and stretch my hamstrings. Tight hamstrings can lead to back pain too.
Massage – I’ve been doing self massage but I think I’ll treat myself to a professional job.
Pelvic rocking – I learned this exercise 12 years ago when I took Bradley childbirth classes. I get on my hands and knees and let the baby’s weight drop away from my spine. It feels great. Rocking gently back and forth works the abdominals too. Great practice for labor.
Chiropractic is also reported to help. I’ve certainly benefited from a visit or two to the Chiropractor during my third trimester. When I had a breech baby, a couple of adjustments helped me create space to flip her around.
What did you do to help your back or pelvic pain during pregnancy?