How to Cope With Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy
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Pelvic pain is very common during pregnancy, and can be experienced as minor twinges, and sometimes as excruciating pains around your belly, in this article we cover some causes of pelvic pain and remedies to alleviate such pain.
As earlier mentioned, especially during the last trimester. During the last trimester, there is more stress on the pelvic region as the baby drops into the pelvic region in preparation for labor. This usually happens within the last two to four weeks of pregnancy, and is referred to as lightening. If this does not occur prior to labor, then it may not happen until the first phase of labor. However, for some women, this could happen at any point in the labor. Pelvic pain can range minor twinges such as a heavy feeling or stress in the pelvic area, to excruciating pain which could be like searing pains that wraps around your body and below your growing belly, and because it is such a wide-ranging problem, it can be quite difficult to pinpoint what the problem is. It is important to tell your doctor about any discomfort you are experiencing during your pregnancy when you attend your prenatal doctor’s appointments so that they can assess whether there are any problems that need to be addressed.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
So what causes pelvic pain? There may be a number of reasons that cause pelvic pain. One common reason for pelvic pain is your baby moving deeper into your pelvis to prepare to make their way out of the body to be born. When the baby moves into the pelvis, if it is in the right position (head down) then you will feel the head pressing down on the bladder, as well as your hips and pelvis. This will create pressure on the joints and bones in your back and pelvis. Although you feel more pressure in this are when the baby drops, you will more than likely feel some relief as the baby moves away from your diaphragm and lungs, allowing you to breathe easy again. Pelvic pain can also be caused by symphysis pubic dysfunction, which means that the discomfort felt is more generalized as it is not caused by the ligaments loosening. The symphysis pubis is a joint that connects the two sides of the pelvis together and is strengthened by ligaments which soften during pregnancy so that you pelvis can widen between 2mm and 3mm for the birth of the baby. Inflammation and pain during pregnancy in this area is called symphysis pubic dysfunction.
Alleviating Pelvic Pain
So what can you do if you are experiencing pelvic pain during pregnancy? There are actually a number of things that you can do to alleviate the pain. Pelvic exercises such as pelvic tilts or elevating hips are good as they strengthen the muscles in the pelvic area. Another choice is to take a warm bath. A bath takes the pressure of as you can lay back and relax, as well as the warm water relieving the aches and pains from your muscles, bones and joints. You may also find some relief and comfort by investing in a belly sling, which is designed with a criss-cross pattern of elastic fabric and it is used to support the weight of your belly. Its support also lessons the effect of gravity and can relieve some of the pressure put on the pelvis during the later stages of pregnancy. Prenatal massage and acupuncture is also beneficial; however, it is important to get any prenatal massages with a certified therapist experienced in pregnancy massage. Whatever type of treatment you choose to help alleviate your discomfort, always check with your doctor or midwife first if you are unsure or if you find the discomfort too much to bear.