Pregnancy Concerns

Pelvic Pain

Common during months:

 

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Why This Happens

Your enlarging uterus puts pressure on your pelvis. The sciatic nerve can be affected as the pelvis relaxes and stretches. This would feel like pain that starts in the pelvis and continues down the thigh.

Sharp pains on either side of your abdomen are most likely the stretching of the ligaments that support your uterus.

Some Women Have Tried...

  • Maintain good posture and body mechanics. Use exercise to keep the core muscles strong to keep the pelvis in correct alignment.
  • Use heat to dull the pain, and massage to relax it away.
  • Change your position, you may be able to get the baby to move and thereby change the way he puts pressure on your pelvis.
  • Try pelvic rocking or the double hip squeeze.
  • Use a rebozo to support the pelvis by tying it tightly around the hips, under the belly. Keep this on for a few hours a day to help relieve the pain in addition to exercises to strengthen the core to help prevent the pain.
  • Talk to your doctor about other options you may have if the pain becomes frequent or unbearable.