Sharp hip pain during pregnancy

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Managing Hip Pain During Pregnancy

Hip pain is a very common side effect of pregnancy, especially as your baby grows in the last trimester. For some women, it may be a minor annoyance, but for others, it can lead to sleep disruptions and interfere with daily activities.

Hip Pain in Pregnancy: Causes

Several factors contribute to hip pain during pregnancy. The primary culprit is relaxin, a hormone that helps give the ligaments in your pelvic area the flexibility they will need for the birth process, explains Amy Humphrey, DPT, a physical therapist at Body Dynamics, Inc. in Arlington, Va., and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Other causes of hip pain during pregnancy include:

  • Weight gain
  • Muscle stretching between the 18th and 24th week as your baby (and belly) grows
  • The growing uterus pressing on your nerves, resulting in pain that may affect your thigh as well (often referred to as sciatica)
  • Having to sleep exclusively on your side, instead of on your back or stomach

For some women, pain in the hip and pelvis can severely interfere with their ability to get enough sleep, and that can add to their stress and discomfort during the day. “I was waking up all night long because the pain in my hip and thigh was so bad,” recalls mother of two Kerry Adler.

Adler says that during her second pregnancy she invested in long body pillows so she could elevate one leg slightly while she slept on her side. Even with that modification, she had to wake up and switch sides throughout the night. Toward the end of her pregnancy, Adler slept in her husband’s recliner, which gave her more control over her body’s positioning.

Humphrey, who also had hip pain during one of her pregnancies, says using pillows for support is a great idea. You may also need to consider whether your mattress is too firm — soften it with an inexpensive “egg crate” foam rubber pad, or invest in a new mattress if you can afford it.

Hip Pain in Pregnancy: Remedies

There are some simple steps you can take to counter hip pain, including:

  • Strengthening exercises. “Any kind of strengthening exercises would be good,” says Humphrey, emphasizing the importance of strengthening thigh and trunk muscles to help spread the burden of work involved in keeping you standing and moving. A physical therapist can help teach you these kinds of skills.
  • Water workouts. Toward the end of your pregnancy, you may need to stay off your feet — too much walking can make hip pain worse, says Humphrey. Since pregnant women are advised to get appropriate exercise, this could be a good time to try swimming, which can ease the strain on hips and all joints.
  • An iliac brace. When you are up and about, consider wearing an iliac brace, or pregnancy belt, to support your back and midsection. “One that has an extra band underneath the belly can also relieve some of the stress that is going on through your hips,” says Humphrey. Ask your doctor to recommend a brand that might be right for you.

Fortunately, hip pain due to pregnancy won’t last forever — for most women it will go away once the baby is born.

  • Bleeding and cramping

    By S (not verified) on 31 Dec 2019 – 16:43

    I’m just over 11 weeks pregnant and I started bleeding 3 days ago, which has been constant. It’s not been enough to need to change towels as often as I would on a period and on the first day it was mainly when I wiped. I’m really scared as its bright red with some clots and today I’ve had cramping like when I am on my period.
    I’ve been to the hospital on the say this started and they can only see me on Thursday- a 5 day wait. I’m going out of my mind terrified about this. Could I be miscarrying or am I over thinking this?

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  • Spotting at 11weeks

    By Peace (not verified) on 15 Dec 2019 – 19:05

    Hi! I am 11weeks pregnant I saw a dark red blood after a wipe.hope my baby is safe?

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  • 11 weeks pregnant

    By Katelyn (not verified) on 13 Nov 2019 – 01:52

    Hi, I’m almost 11 weeks pregnant and a week ago I noticed when I wiped that there was brown discharge on the tissue. It didn’t last long and was only one wipe, and then yesterday it happened again but very faintly. Just wondering if its something I should be worried about? The first time it was when I was trying to have a bowel movement and was a little constipated, yesterday I had diarrhea and it was there. But again, I would use the washroom multiple times after that and there would be nothing. No other symptoms. Just want to be sure as I don’t have a dr appointment for another 2 weeks!

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  • Reply

    By Mariah (not verified) on 26 Nov 2019 – 06:10

    Hi I am also 11 weeks I’m not a dr or anything of the sort but same thing happened to me and I asked my midwife she said it is normal 100% and not to be worried it’s just all the stuff in your body changing

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  • Spotting in 11 week

    By Arghawan Zahir (not verified) on 9 Dec 2019 – 21:07

    Did u also had pain in ur lower back n legs?

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  • Pregnacy

    By Vallery (not verified) on 29 Aug 2019 – 15:07

    Am 11weeks and 5days pregnant and still vomiting up to 4times a day…What’s the solution pls Dr?

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  • Vomiting

    By Quana (not verified) on 2 Nov 2019 – 13:12

    I was prescribed zofran it really worked for me

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  • Hi.. I am eleven weeks 4days

    By Mom of two♥️ (not verified) on 26 Jul 2019 – 14:55

    Hi.. I am eleven weeks 4days pregnant, and this is my second pregnancy.. During the first one my baby was a stillborn at 34 weeks, and the doctors weren’t sure what was wrong with me or the baby.. So I’m really scared I’d lose this baby too! I really need some advice please
    Thank you xx

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  • Mom of two

    By Samia (not verified) on 17 Aug 2019 – 00:22

    Hi I sadly toohave been in your position and your feelings are totally normal.

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  • Sorry for your lost

    By Nekia Yozmin White (not verified) on 19 Aug 2019 – 20:00

    Sorry for your lost
    I would suggest going to see a counselor or therapist if possible. Losing a baby at 34 weeks was a traumatic event that you experienced, and it is likely this pregnancy can trigger those emotions. Getting emotional support during this new journey can be helpful.

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  • Enjoy every moment allow him

    By Cynthia (not verified) on 3 Sep 2019 – 03:58

    Enjoy every moment allow him or her to feel your love and the rest leave it to God

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  • Got injected

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 15 Jul 2019 – 13:02

    Hey I am 11 weeks pregnant and have been having a painful headache for 3 days now, I went to the doctor but I forgot to tell him that I ‘m pregnant and he injected me.. Is my baby safe?

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  • Got injected

    By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jul 2019 – 14:59

    Please go back to your doctor for advice. Without knowing what the doctor injected you with we can’t tell you whether this is safe or not.

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  • headache

    By dido (not verified) on 31 Oct 2019 – 15:02

    I) had the same at the same time and went to a neurologist thanks to her she wanted a urine test and culture saying headaches in pregnant might be a result of urinary tract infection- and it was. I am on antibiotics and had none of the urinary tract infection symptoms so I was very suprised. my doctor said it is common in pregnan t woman. go get your urinary tract checked with a bacterial culture whihc yo need to wait for 3 days for the results..I was so suprised it turned out to0 be true!

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  • feel like sleeping throughout the day

    By Joyashree Sinha (not verified) on 23 Jun 2019 – 19:30

    Hi I’m 11 weeks pregnant and I feel like sleeping through out the day which is not possible since I’m working what should I do also I’m having leg pain from last 2 days any remedy.. Please suggest

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  • Check with your midwife about

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Jun 2019 – 09:43

    Check with your midwife about good prenatal supplements. Sometimes a mineral deficiency manifests as extreme fatigue and achiness. If you are queasy and struggling to get all your nutrients this can contribute to the general feeling of unwellness.

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  • think im 10 weeks pregnant but i keep on having my period

    By Ronie (not verified) on 17 Jun 2019 – 07:33

    I think Im 10 weeks pregnant but i keep on having my period but it is strange on my first month i am delayed for about a week and it started with dark brown spots for 3 days then return to normal flow and color that lasted for 3 days. The following month is on time but again it started dark brown for 2 days and return to normal flow and color on the third until the seventh day, then i had spotting for another 7 days with blood tissues. I also took 5 pt and all are negative, now i have dark line below my breast, gassy i burp all the time, Im always hungry, lack of sleep, hot flushes, my stomach started to show, feel dizzy the whole day but no vomiting and I also notice my mood changes from time to time. Do you think Im pregnant?

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  • You need to see a dr asap

    By Sarah (not verified) on 29 Jun 2019 – 17:38

    You need to see a dr asap

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  • Update

    By Ronie (not verified) on 9 Jul 2019 – 16:22

    I just had an ultrasound at my supposed 11th week but it turned out that I am not pregnant but I have endometriosis, I had an operation 7 years ago for same illness but I never had this symptoms. Btw I still feel pregnant up as of this comment.

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  • im literally going through

    By Destiny (not verified) on 30 Dec 2019 – 02:05

    im literally going through the same thing. can you tell me we’re you pregnant ?

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  • Question

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Jun 2019 – 04:21

    Hi. I’m 11 weeks pregnant and I’ve been having this smelling discharge that I can’t get rid off, it’s really bad and I don’t know what to do plz help.
    Thank you.

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  • I’m also 11 weeks I also

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 26 Jun 2019 – 14:10

    I’m also 11 weeks I also experienced that kind of discharg in my Vigina..go see your gp asap the discharg might might cause serious complications to your unborn baby it dangerous.

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  • spotting at 11weeks 4days pregnant

    By Nwaigene Virginia (not verified) on 21 May 2019 – 04:37

    Good morning, please am currently 11 weeks 5days pregnant. yesterday evening I wiped out blood mixed with stretchy egg white substance when I went to use the ladies,it continued till late evening. And I also passed a small blood clot, hope my baby is okay.when I wipe now it’s just like the end of my period.

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  • Light spotting nd impletation bleading

    By Zanele (not verified) on 5 Jul 2019 – 08:52

    Im 10 weeks 5 days nd yesterday i wipe out light,dark,Brown nd nou pink blood I’m so scared because 5 months back I lost my pregnancy at 36 weeks …what should I do plz help

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  • Stomach Pain

    By Brittany (not verified) on 15 May 2019 – 16:22

    Currently 11 weeks pregnant I’m super nauseous,not throwing up,and having this sharp stabbing pain near my belly button,almost a little higher up. This is my 4th child,I dont even remember feeling this with my other 3. Any advice?

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  • Question

    By Jay (not verified) on 5 May 2019 – 15:05

    The last day of my period is 20 February. am a first time mom.how many weeks gone could I be now.i only found out about the pregnancy close to a month ago after I did a test. Please help

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  • You can make use of pregnancy

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jan 2020 – 04:36

    You can make use of pregnancy calculator to calculate it.
    Just type pregnancy calculator to google.

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  • Need info

    By Zuzzette (not verified) on 30 Apr 2019 – 21:22

    I am 11 weeks pregnant i have lower back pain and lower tummy pains got yesterday only ones brow discharge but it’s gone now must I be worried at all it’s my 3 child and I had 7 miscarriages before.

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  • Feeling Worried

    By A.Olivares (not verified) on 31 May 2019 – 16:48

    I am experiencing the same.. I wipes had brown dischage on Wed.. yesterday I felt period aches in abdomen .. lower Back.and thighs. I hope my baby is okay. I have a Dr appt today I’m hoping they will let me hear the heart beat.

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  • 11 weeks

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Mar 2019 – 01:57

    Is it normal to not feel pregnant at at 11weejs ? From weeks 6-10 the tender nipples/sore breast hit hard . . Now it’s like it’s stopped .

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  • Scared

    By Kailynn Harris (not verified) on 25 Apr 2019 – 19:03

    Hi, I’m 23 scared out of my mind I’m 11weeks and 2days. I haven’t had morning sickness but I can sleep my behind off lol. This will be my first child my concern comes in because I don’t feel pregnant or look it. I am extremely hot all the time I kinda have a sick feeling that never goes away is that ok. Idk I’m just so nervous both of my jobs are hard on my body. I might just be thinking hard but please someone help put my mind to ease.

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  • Pregnancy issue

    By Vasty (not verified) on 14 Mar 2019 – 23:05

    Please ,I used to feel something moving in my stomach from one position to another ,pain is getting worse every time and I did pregnancy test but is negative. Please help me out.

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  • It must be gas. .. gas feels

    By Misbah (not verified) on 27 Mar 2019 – 12:53

    It must be gas. .. gas feels like flutters and movement feeling. And gas also cause pain in abdomen.

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  • By Blessing (not verified) on 14 Mar 2019 – 08:32

    hi am 11 weeks pregnant I woke up yesterday morning to discovered that i no longer feel the way i use to feel before even when i press my Tommy I feel nothing but no bleeding
    .is everything still OK? because last week everything was OK from the scan i did

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  • Symptoms gone

    By Kirsty Gallagher (not verified) on 16 Mar 2019 – 19:57

    Exactly the same thing happened to me, I’ve had 3 miscacarraiges before or at 8 weeks, I’ve never made it this far, I’m a bit neurotic now, because of my history I was allowed an early scan, everything is fine, the midwifes and everyone I have spoken to have said this is perfectly normal at this stage, try not to worry, wishing you all the best xx

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  • Am feeling the same way my

    By Crystal (not verified) on 27 Mar 2019 – 09:06

    Am feeling the same way my dear no sign of blood are any thing

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  • Dark line on tummy

    By Kalvi (not verified) on 21 Feb 2019 – 07:57

    I used to be thin whn i was in hostel ..wh i came back home …i started eating properly .n taking too much calorie n carbs without any workout ..due to which my belly fat increases ..and noticed dark line below belly button ..i want to knw wat is it ???

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  • Dark line

    By Kate (not verified) on 13 Mar 2019 – 15:40

    This is called a linea – nigra. It’s normal & fades soon after birth, when your hormones start to settle.

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  • 11Wks Light bleeding

    By Nyak (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 – 11:16

    Pls should I be worried, at 11 wks I’m bleeding slightly. It started with my discharge turning brown, then I started blood.

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  • 11wks Light bleeding

    By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2019 – 13:18

    Hi Nyak,
    If you are having bleeding then it would be important to see your GP or midwife to be reviewed.
    Best wishes
    Tommy’s midwife

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  • About my pregnancy

    By Akua (not verified) on 1 Feb 2019 – 17:43

    Hello,
    Please am pregnant and I went to the hospital on the 3rd January 2019 and I was told am 6weeks 6 days pregnant and since then till now I couldn’t calculate my date very well but per the calculation ve done now it shows am 11weeks pregnant ,wanted to have another opinion of the weeks I have calculated if is correct.Thank you.

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2019 – 13:27

    Hi Akua,
    Thank you for your comment. It is difficult the calculate how many weeks you our without the date of the first day of your last period. If you can provide this then we will be able to give you a better idea of how many weeks you are. Take Care, Tommy’s Midwives x

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  • 10w4d

    By Lauren (not verified) on 28 Jan 2019 – 14:19

    Hi, I am 10w4d and I am just so worried that something will go wrong I have had a previous mc so I think im extra nervous. I had an early scan at 6w4d and saw the heart beat. I’ve had no nausea, I am very tired, my breasts aren’t tender but my nipples are sore to touch. If a heart beat is seen that early I assume that’s a good sign?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2019 – 15:22

    Hi Lauren. It’s understandable that you are feeling very anxious, especially after your previous experience. It would be expected that you would see a fetal heart at around the 6 week gestation on ultrasounds scan, so yes, this is a good sign. Pregnancy symptoms aren’t a direct reflection of pregnancy health. These can come and go and it not really mean anything. Some women have no pregnancy symptoms at all, whilst others have everything possible. So please try not to worry to much. Everything you describe, sounds like the first trimesters “usual suspects”. If you ever need to chat, please fee lfree to call the helpline, we are here Mon to fri , 9 am to 5pm.
    All the best, Tommy’s Midwife

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  • Side pain at 11 weeks

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 7 Jan 2019 – 17:24

    Feeling side pains at 11 weeks anytime I drive and feeling fatigue second pregnancy

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  • Hi – Thank you for your

    By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jan 2019 – 14:52

    Hi – Thank you for your message.
    It is completely understandable to worry about stomach pain in pregnancy . But stomach pains or cramps are common in pregnancy and usually nothing to worry about.
    Mild stomach pain in early pregnancy (during the first 12 weeks) is usually caused by your womb expanding, the ligaments stretching as your bump grows, hormones constipation or trapped wind. It may sometimes feel like a ‘stitch’ or mild period pain. It’s is probably nothing to worry about if the pain is mild and goes away when you change position, have a rest, do a poo or pass wind.
    You may also feel light period-like discomfort or cramps at the end of your pregnancy. This is nothing to worry about, but call your midwife if you have any concerns.
    If you are worried about any pains you’re having, or you just feel like something is wrong, contact your midwife. Don’t be concerned about wasting anyone’s time. It’s always best to get things checked out.
    If you are having persistent stomach pain (pain that won’t go away) or cramping, or if the pain comes on suddenly it should be checked by a doctor or midwife immediately.

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  • Twins heart rate at 10weeks 2days

    By Liza (not verified) on 20 Dec 2018 – 14:52

    Hi, today i m 11 weeks pregnant with twins by ivf. I had my US on 10weeks 2days n my babies BPM was 134 n 146. Is it healthy or little low? Plz reply me

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Dec 2018 – 16:30

    Hi Liza, Normal heart rate for baby in utero is 120-160 (170 in early pregnancy). These numbers are quite normal and likely to go up and down within this range as the babies move around. Try not to worry.

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  • Electric blanket

    By Tara (not verified) on 8 Dec 2018 – 21:48

    For the past three nights I’ve been going to bed with my electric blanket on for an hour or so before turning it off. I’ve just realised I shouldn’t be using a blanket. I’m 11 weeks and 4 days. Really worried now. Any advice appreciated.

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  • Electric blanket

    By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Dec 2018 – 15:30

    It is very unlikely that an electric blanket would raise your body temperature to a level that would be harmful for your pregnancy. Electric blankets are only designed to keep us warm rather than raise our core body temperature. Don’t worry at all x

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Suffering from pregnancy-related aches? Types of pains and how to deal with them

By Dr Aruna Kalra
Aches and pains during pregnancy is part and parcel of joy of pregnancy. Our body is changing and adapting to accommodate the growing foetus by relaxing our muscles and ligaments. The stretching of ligaments creates more space between pelvic bones and spine, and loosely held bones are difficult to move over/with each other, which makes movements clumsy and painful.
Starting from 1st trimester till last trimester, pregnant women experience different kinds of pains, bloating, cramps and numbness.
Headaches are one of the most common pregnancy complaints. Try to get plenty of rest, and practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
Cramping typically occurs when the uterus expands, causing the ligaments and muscles that support it to stretch. One should not be worried about the minor cramps that happen every now and then. Stretching can be due to round ligament pull caused by growing uterus, and gives sharp piercing or dull pulling feeling. Some women experience sharp, piercing pain in the vagina. Try relaxation exercises. Place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the ache. Make sure you get plenty of fluids. Take warm water bath. All the above measures will reduce these pains. However, consult doctor if you still don’t get the desired relief or pains occur in moderate intensity along with other symptoms.
ThinkStock Photos Women frequently experience hip pain as the connective tissue loosens and stretches.
Leg cramping and restless-leg syndrome is common in the third trimester. Cramping can occur as a result of too much phosphorus and too little calcium in the body. Restless-leg syndrome, also known as the overwhelming need to constantly move your leg, can be a symptom of an iron or folic acid deficiency. An uncomfortable sensation in the legs, a strong urge to move one or both legs or night-time leg twitching are frequent symptoms of restless-leg syndrome.
If you feel tingling or numbness in your hands during pregnancy, it could be carpal-tunnel syndrome. This condition is normally associated with repetitive hand movements, but extra fluid and swelling during pregnancy can also cause these symptoms.
Pregnancy rib pain can be the result of your baby physically kicking you in the ribs, stretching out under the ribs, or just moving by your ribs. The pain can also be caused by the muscles stretching out. In rare cases, it might be caused by a medical complication.
Many women experience sciatica during pregnancy because the enlarged uterus presses down on the sciatic nerve. This increased-pressure causes pain, tingling or numbness in the lower back, buttocks and thighs.
Belly-button pain may occur on-and-off throughout pregnancy as you experience stages of rapid growth. Some women may get used to the pressure and stretching early on. For others, the pain is worse during the final weeks when your belly is the biggest.
ThinkStock Photos Leg cramping and restless-leg syndrome is common in the third trimester.
Taking pressure off your belly may help. Try sleeping on your side or supporting your belly with pillows to take the load off. A maternity support belt may help alleviate back and abdominal soreness while standing.
Women frequently experience hip pain as the connective tissue loosens and stretches. Lower back pain can also occur along with hip pain, as posture changes may cause you to lean more toward one side or another. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs may help to relieve this pain because it opens the hips slightly.
The coccyx is a joint that’s at the very bottom of your spine. It sits right behind your uterus. Your growing baby pushing against it, hormones, and other issues like constipation can lead to more pain. Often, what feels like lower back pain and hip pain during pregnancy is actually tailbone pain.
While there’s no cure for it, there are some stretches you can do to help ease the pain. If your pain is severe or lasts more than a few days with little change or worsens, see your doctor. Doing gentle exercise, such as yoga with lots of stretching positions, will help keep your muscles loose. It will also help keep both you and the baby as healthy as possible.
(The author is director and senior gynaecologist surgeon at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram)

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Hip Pain During Pregnancy

Hip Pain During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment

Hip pain during pregnancy is a common symptom that you may experience. This discomfort is most often felt late in pregnancy, specifically during the third trimester. This occurs because your body is preparing itself for labor. Soreness and pain are often felt the strongest on the side where the baby tends to lie in your uterus.

During pregnancy, your body releases hormones that allow connective tissue to relax and soften. As a result of this, the joints and ligaments between the bones in your pelvis will begin to loosen. Increasing flexibility in these bones is imperative for allowing the baby to move through your body during labor. Lower back pain, as well as, changes in posture and a heavier uterus may contribute to the soreness you feel.

Other causes of pain in your hips include increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. The two sciatic nerves in your body run from the lower back to the feet. When an enlarged uterus puts pressure on the nerves, you can experience pain, numbness, or a tingling sensation in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. This problem is referred to as sciatica. As you get closer to your due date, your baby will change its position in your uterus. This will likely reduce the discomfort you are feeling. Sciatica is usually normal during pregnancy, but you should still inform your doctor if you experience it, as there are other less common, but serious, causes of sciatica.

Another possible cause of hip pain during the second trimester is round ligament pain. Round ligament pain is characterized by sharp pains in the abdomen, hip, and groin area. The pain may intensify with rapid movements or changes in position. For more information on round ligament pain, please review this article on round ligament pain during pregnancy.

How can you alleviate hip pain during pregnancy?

Practicing exercises that strengthen both the back muscles, as well as, your abdominal muscles will likely reduce hip pain. One exercise that may provide relief is elevating your hips above chest level while lying on your back for a couple of minutes. Taking a warm bath or applying warm compresses to the sore area can reduce pain. In addition, a massage may ease soreness.

As you get closer to your delivery date, make sure to sleep on your side and keep your legs and knees bent. Using pillows to support your abdomen and upper leg can alleviate uncomfortableness while sleeping. If lying on your side worsens your hip pain, place a pillow or blanket at the small of your back and sleep leaning against it. This will reduce pressure on the hip you are sleeping on.

When should you call your doctor?

If your hip pain is accompanied by pressure or soreness in the pelvic area that radiates towards the thighs before the 37th week of pregnancy, it is important to seek out your health care provider. This can be a sign of preterm labor.

Along with pelvic pressure, other indications of preterm labor are:

  • Abdominal cramping and discomfort, particularly in the lower abdomen
  • Lower backache that extends to the front and sides of your body, without relief, when you change positions
  • Unexpected contractions that occur approximately every ten minutes
  • Discharge from your vagina that is clear, pink, or brown in color

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  • SPD

    By Marina (not verified) on 20 Oct 2019 – 16:44

    I was wondering how severe SPD should be before you begin to do therapy. You say in your video “severe” but I’m not sure if I’m at that point now. At 31 W pregnant I was under a lot of stress and started feeling irritation/pain in front of my pelvis and it would last until but only until the end of that day. Then the next week I was under the same amount of stress and it happened again but went away at the end of the day. Now I’m 34 W and that irritation is happening maybe twice a week. I had a large fall last year around this time and landed on my anus off a roof but all they saw was a small fracture in my back that healed on its own. I’m just not sure if it’s worth to start treatment ASAP or whether I should wait until it’s every day or the like. Thank you!

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  • Pelvic pain

    By Visto (not verified) on 19 Oct 2019 – 07:39

    I am 39 we4k and my pelvic bones are paining too much and I went for cervix exam and told I was about to start Labour 2cm dilated.

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  • PGP?

    By Callie (not verified) on 28 Sep 2019 – 23:14

    Hi there.
    I am 32+3 and the last few weeks have been experiencing excruciating pain in my groin/pelvis/legs. The pain is at its worst in my groin/pelvic area when I am walking but even when lying down on either side it spreads all down my legs. General day to day activities are leaving me tearful and pain relief doesn’t help. The only time I can sit and not feel the aches is when I’m in a bath but of course I can’t spend my life there. I haven’t got another midwife appointment for 10 days but I really don’t know what to do. Have you got any advice, please?

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  • PGP?

    By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Sep 2019 – 12:42

    Hi Callie
    It sounds like you need to go into your maternity unit for review as soon as you can, by a midwife and obstetric doctor there. You’re in a lot of pain and should be referred to a physiotherapist for assessment – there may be some aids that can help you. You may also need painkillers prescribing to you.
    Please don’t wait for your own midwife, go into the unit and be seen sooner! They are there 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week for a reason!
    Tommy’s Midwife

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  • Pelvic

    By Christina (not verified) on 25 Aug 2019 – 12:47

    Hi I’m 34 weeks pregnant I have pain around my stomach and I have running stomach it is safe or what?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Aug 2019 – 12:56

    Hi Christina
    Please go to your local maternity unit for urgent review in relation to your abdominal pain if you have not already done so.
    Please take care, Tommy’s Midwife

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  • Pelvic girdle pain

    By Jennifer (not verified) on 5 Jul 2019 – 14:23

    I am 31week and bin having pelvic girdle pain as early as 6weeks into my pregnancy. No pain killers has bin recommended. The pain is really affecting my emotions and i can hardly concentrate on anything. The pain gets worse by the day…really don’t know what to do. Could the severity of the pain be linked to previous pelvic pain felt during ovulation and periods?

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  • Not just a bad back

    By Natalie (not verified) on 7 May 2019 – 23:53

    I am 24 weeks pregnant. I collapsed at the beginning of April and was signed off work for 4 weeks due to stress. During the time off, I began to develop PGP.
    Some days my back and hips are in so much pain that I can barely walk, and my partner has to dress me.
    My midwife referred me for physio and I’ve not heard back in two weeks. When I chase it up I’m told that the referrals take a long time to come through.
    In the mean time I’m struggling at work, and often I feel like colleagues, friends and family think that this is just a “back back” from being pregnant and I am not getting the support or sympathy.
    I’m concerned I’ll get to a stage where I’m being signed off work again if I don’t get treatment soon.
    I don’t know what else to do. Should I speak to my GP and ask them to intervene?

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  • 30 weeks and 4 days preg

    By Kylie (not verified) on 3 May 2019 – 21:22

    With really bad pelvic pain csbt do nothing what will that be

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  • How to stop it happening in my next pregnancy

    By Nicola (not verified) on 20 Dec 2018 – 21:01

    Hi. I had spd in my first pregnancy. I got pains in my left hip at 10 weeks and by 20 weeks I was on crutches then to a wheel chair for most things, I couldn’t drive or get upstairs alone. Is there anything I could do to help or stop spd in the 2nd pregnancy. My little one is 3 in April so I left a good while for my body to repair.

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2019 – 11:38

    Hi Nicola,
    Sorry to hear that you experienced such a difficult time in your previous pregnancy. We would suggest that in a next pregnancy to discuss your experience early on, even at your initial booking appointment, so you can get an early referral to a physiotherapist for support and advice about managing any pelvic pain in your pregnancy. I would suggest that you are still experiencing any on going pelvic pain or discomfort from your pregnancy to see a physiotherapist now to get some treatment prior to pregnancy.
    Best wishes
    Tommy’s midwife

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  • Severe pelvic pain in front between my legs

    By Kiran (not verified) on 26 Nov 2018 – 22:04

    Hi, I have spd after my first child, so second one I went with c section. My second one is 18 months and i was a little over active last weekend and now I have severe pelvic bone pricking pain In between my legs front. I feel one pelvis bone is pushing the other one.

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  • Severe pelvic pain in front between my legs

    By Midwife @Tommys on 28 Nov 2018 – 13:14

    Hi Kiran
    It might be worth getting reviewed by a midwife and obstetric doctor at your local maternity unit. They may be able to prescribe stronger pain relief, refer you to the physiotherapist and perhaps get you fitted with a support belt, or even crutches if you were finding things really difficult. Don’t forget to take your pregnancy notes with you. All the best
    Tommy’s Midwife

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  • Spd early pregnancy

    By Aimi (not verified) on 14 Aug 2018 – 12:37

    I had severe spd with my first. I am just over 12 weeks and have the worst pains in my hip. I can’t lie on on side very long, I sit on a seat all day at work like a straddle stool and that makes it worse. The pain feels the same as last time, which I needed crutches. Is it possible to have this again so early on? Xx

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  • Spd early pregnancy

    By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Aug 2018 – 10:23

    Hi Aimi,
    It would be very early but it is possible, particularly if the gap between your first baby and this pregnancy has not been very long. If you haven’t already, I would suggest to ask your GP or midwife to refer you to a physiotherapist so you can get support in early on to try to manage your pelvic pain as best as possible.
    Best wishes
    Tommy’s midwife

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  • Spd

    By Kelsey (not verified) on 31 Jul 2018 – 22:37

    Hi
    I have severe pain in my pelvic I struggle to move in bed, get up or sit down and even walk now. I am 38 weeks pregnant will I be able to have a normal delivery still ?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Aug 2018 – 10:45

    Hi Kelsey
    I am sorry to hear that you are struggling so much with spd pain
    If you have not already done so, please be seen in the hospital in the triage/day assessment unit for review by a midwife and obstetric doctor. They can assess your movement range and help you decide if a natural birth is possible for you, or if you might need a c/s. It would be best to have a plan in place for you.
    All the best
    Sophie Tommy’s Midwife

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  • By Kerri Moore (not verified) on 1 Oct 2018 – 10:45

    I struggled to be in a position to deliver naturally! Have the midwife take you seriously as it can cause issue in delivery.

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  • Rash/pain

    By Ellie (not verified) on 26 Jul 2018 – 18:24

    I’m 37 weeks with a rash all over my belly I’ve taken allergy tablets and used cream it’s seemed to die down but the constant itch I now have lots of discomfort while walking moving/doing anything even walking and lots of pressure what can I do ?

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  • Rash/pain

    By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Jul 2018 – 12:40

    Hi Ellie,
    Sorry to hear that you are suffering so, and the heat can make itching worse. Continue to keep well hydrated and the itchy area well moisturised, also can help to wear cotton and breathable fabrics. If you are feeling itchy elsewhere on your body or it is not improving then do see your midwife for review. Also continue to monitor your baby’s movements closely, any changes see your midwife straight away.
    Best wishes
    Tommy’s midwife

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  • Rash

    By Rebecca Smith (not verified) on 2 Jan 2020 – 09:53

    Can I ask if you are having a boy by any chance ? I had a rash start appearing at 34 weeks along my stretch marks they developed into little pin prick blisters.i asked doctors and midwives and they just gave me a cream that would calm the rash or constant itch. I discovered after more research and taking to friends I was actually suffering from PUPPS when’re my boy was reacting to the Male hormones my son was producing.
    The only thing I found to work that I found on an American forum was Grandpas pine tar soap , it stunk but was the only thing that eased the rash and itch .

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  • By Lillian (not verified) on 7 Jun 2018 – 20:52

    I am 66 years old and have SPD. Everything I’ve read is about pregnant women. I am not pregnant. What doctor should I see?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jun 2018 – 13:13

    Hi Lillian,
    If you are having hip pain then we would advise for you to see your GP for a review.
    Best wishes
    Tommy’s midwife

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  • PGP Maternity belts

    By Jay (not verified) on 31 May 2018 – 22:12

    Hi I’ve been experiencing what seems to be PGP through most of my 2nd pregnancy never had this with my first.
    I’m currently 19 weeks.
    I get pain when walking, turning in bed and notice it when I work my long days at work.
    I did some internet searching and some sites suggested a maternity belt might help.
    I purchased one (a canteloupe) and have found it to really help I wear it most days for between 8-10 hours is this ok?
    Are there any concerns/ harm it could cause to my baby?
    Any evidence or research?
    I read on a support group that it may affect growth and shape of baby’s head?
    It’s got me worried..
    Thank Jay

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Jun 2018 – 12:06

    Hi Jay,
    Sorry to hear that you are suffering so much with pelvic pain. There is no evidence to show that the belts will affect the shape of the baby’s head or the baby’s growth. However we would recommend that you have an appointment with a physiotherapist for an assessment and support advice as the belts are not always suitable for everyone. Have a chat with your GP or your midwife who will be able to refer you.
    Best wishes
    Tommy’s midwife

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  • Pubic/pelvic pain

    By Stephanie (not verified) on 25 Apr 2018 – 04:46

    I’ve been over doing “nesting” at 32-33 weeks, and my body finally has had enough… that’s what I figure anyways, husband works shift work so only able to get major spring cleaning done when he’s home so feel the pressure on his days off.
    I’ve also been having this maternal feeling that baby will be early.
    Anyways by the end of the day today I’ve been nearly debilitated. Sharp excruciating pain in pubic/pelvic region when I walk, almost making me feel like I need to hunch over .
    After my 3 year old was done stories tonight I made it to bed and that’s it .
    Would a belly band help in this instance? And will the pain subside overnight? I see a chiropractor in 2 days and my prenatal doctor tomorrow.
    Can massage help?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Apr 2018 – 10:49

    Hi – Thank you for your message. It sounds as though you are gearing up for the birth with all the nesting and spring cleaning!
    It does sound as though you may have over-exerted yourself. Hopefully, after a good nights rest you are feeling better – but if the pain and discomfort is still there, it is best to contact your maternity care provider and be reviewed.

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  • SPD after pregnancy

    By Ana (not verified) on 16 Mar 2018 – 04:15

    I had SPD while pregnant and symptoms never fully went away. The pain decreases, but certain activities can trigger the SPD. I manage and try my best to be active and healthy. I would love to have another baby. Do you think this will persist or even get worse with a third pregnancy?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Mar 2018 – 11:48

    Have you seen a physiotherapist or an osteopath? They may be able to give you some exercises to help with this. Also before you get pregnant again try to ensure that you are a healthy weight and that good diet and exercise are part of your daily routine. While these things can’t fully protect you from SPD they can have an influence.

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  • By Becca (not verified) on 18 Feb 2018 – 22:19

    I keep reading online how COMMON this is and I went to a pregnancy class of 10-15 pregnant women and I was the only one suffering. I’m 32 weeks tomorrow & ive been to physio, I’ve tried swimming, I have a support band and I physically cannot do anything. They keep suggesting to not do anything that triggers it but sitting down, standing up, turning over in bed, going up and down the stairs, getting dressed, putting my shoes and socks on, getting in and out the bath/shower, literally EVERYTHING is triggering and there is absolutely nothing I can do to settle it. The doctor prescribed me codeine but I don’t like to take it. Does anyone have any idea at all what I can do to help?

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Feb 2018 – 16:31

    Hi Becca, That sounds so painful for you. While SPD is quite common, this extreme form is not at all common though it is not unknown. You have done everything possible to reduce your symptoms and I respect you for trying all the options. You’re right that taking codeine is not routinely recommended in pregnancy, but there are situations where it is the best option. Discuss again with your GP if you are unsure. This link may help https://beta.nhs.uk/medicines/codeine/
    I understand that there are several weeks until your delivery but please keep in mind that this pain should reduce very quickly after your baby is born. Keep going and best wishes from Tommy’s midwives x

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  • constant pain

    By nickol (not verified) on 6 Feb 2018 – 22:52

    I’m 16 weeks pregnant this is my 4th pregnancy with only one full term baby a few weeks ago I started getting pains that felt like someone punched me in the pelvic looked around online and sumbed it up as to every pregnancy is different and things were streching and moving for the baby but over the last two weeks it’s gotten worst a constant pain and feeling of having a bowling ball crushing my pelvic iv tried exercises, stretching, heat, ice ,Tylenol but no relief it never goes away and sometimes will get so pain full I can’t move or walk something as simple as sitting on the floor, chair, walking up steps, or getting up from sleeping to use the restroom can take my breath away the fact that it never goes away and is always painful worries me and is making me feel miserable. I’m going to my Dr in a few days but open to hearing what you might think … Thank you

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  • constant pain

    By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Feb 2018 – 12:14

    Hi Nickol
    It does sound as if you are experiencing early onset SPD, also known as pelvic girdle pain. Your doctor should be able to get your referred for physiotherapy support, you may also benefit from wearing a support belt that your physiotherapist can refer. In addition, your physio can go through what exercises and movements to adopt/avoid during your ongoing pregnancy.Please feel free to call us on 0800 0147800 if you wish to talk any of this through in the meantime!
    All the best
    Sophie,Tommy’s Midwife

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  • Do I have spd?

    By Emily (not verified) on 27 Jan 2018 – 22:30

    Hi, I’m 26+3 weeks. Just over a week ago I slipped over and landed heavily on my lower back – went to hospital to check baby was ok and he is – however since then my lower back has been sore and for the last week it’s been painful everyday on the left side, it hurts when I walk and particularly when baring weight on my left leg e.g. stairs & getting in and out of the car etc. Could I have developed spd or do you think it’s something I’ve damaged by falling? Thanks for your help

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 – 14:38

    Hi, Really sorry to hear that you have this pain. From your description it seems most likely that the pain is linked to your fall. Have you been prescribed any pain relief? My advice is to go and see an osteopath or a physiotherapist. Both are qualified to assess and treat these conditions. Unfortunately referral on the NHS can take a long time so if your midwife can’t refer you quickly, it may be worth considering an appointment privately. Please ensure that your practitioner is qualified to assess pregnant women and I hope you get the relief that you need.

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  • Back pain

    By Chloe (not verified) on 16 Jan 2018 – 16:36

    I’m currently 20 weeks and keep getting really bad pains all across my lower back. It’s there constantly but every few days it will immobilise me. I also have syatica which is just adding to the issue. I have a nursing chair, a big pillow, heated and cold pads. I’m looking at starting yoga soon. Is there any thing else I can do to stop it getting worse as I get bigger I am on my feet for 13hour shifts at work. Many thanks in advance

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Jan 2018 – 14:47

    Hi Chloe. I’m so sorry that you are experiencing such bad back pain/SPD. Has your GP/Midwife referred you to a Physiotherapist? If they haven’t, it would be a good idea. They can provide a support belt and crutches if needed later on in the pregnancy. They can also go through exercises with you that will strengthen the pelvis. I also think it might be a good idea to discuss these long hours with your manager. As your pregnancy progresses, so too will the effort it will take to get through a 13 hour shift. If there was another temporary option, this might be worth doing.
    Feel free to call us on 0800147800 if you wish to talk anything through in more detail.
    Sophie,Tommy’s Midwife

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  • Pelvic pains

    By Jess (not verified) on 9 Jan 2018 – 13:54

    Hi there I’ve been getting pains on the outer of of pelvis especially when I’m lying on my side. I’m 20 weeks and my scan has been all good but it’s really disrupting my sleep as I often wake up in agony to be honest. Also I work on my feet all day and I’ve started getting pain within my hip just on the one side, it starts to get very tight and stiff and I feel the need to ‘click’ my hips

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  • Pelvic Pains

    By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2018 – 11:54

    Hi Jess
    It sounds as if you are sufferring with SPD.This is very common in pregnancy, and can be very painful indeed! Please see the link below to our web page on this and how to proceed with seeking referral and support on this.

    Please feel free to call or email us on 08000147800 or if you need any further info
    Sophie,Tommy’s Midwife

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  • BAck/pelvis pain

    By kat (not verified) on 5 Jan 2018 – 17:27

    I have been almost bed ridden for a week now. 31 weeks pregnant. It started of the pubis pain and like in my hips that made me move like a duck but last week it moved to the right side of my lower back and goes down my leg. I can’t make more than a few steps before my body seizes in pain and I need assistance to sit down. Takes about half hour to “relax” after that. When I try and roll in bed I still feel pain but not as intense and I can feel crackling around my spine. I’ve seen my GP but not much help from him, seeing midwife in few days maybe i’ll get referral to a physio. Atm I am unable to live a normal life. I feel like crippled and my mental health is going downhill. Not being able to do simple make me cry everyday.

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jan 2018 – 15:24

    That sounds really uncomfortable and painful. I really feel for you. Unfortunately GPs are often not the best place to be with back pain and a referral to a physiotherapist can take ages. If you can, I would suggest that you go to see an osteopath. Please make sure that anyone you see is registered with the General osteopathic council and is qualified to treat pregnant women. I hope you get back on your feet soon as unfortunately bed rest doesn’t help improve things. Best wishes

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  • Baby movement

    By S.naaz (not verified) on 1 Dec 2017 – 02:15

    As am in 19week of pregnency n it’s my first pregnency…still am nt feelng any type of movements from my baby??is it problematic??is my baby healthy??what are the tips to feel my baby movememts??

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Dec 2017 – 12:03

    Hi,
    At 19 weeks of pregnancy it is very normal to not yet be feeling your baby move especially as it is your first pregnancy. Most women will first feel their baby move between 18-24 weeks, if you have not felt your baby move by the time you are 24 weeks then do speak with your midwife to be reviewed. You should also have a scan soon if you have not had one already which will look at your baby in detail and how well they are developing and growing.

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  • PSD/PGP

    By Minicapuccino (not verified) on 16 May 2017 – 13:36

    I am awaiting a physio referral but am 33weeks. I have quite severe pain needing paracetamol every day though I try to avoid full dosage every day if possible. They said paracetamol is fine, but I’m not sure the full amount every day is great?
    I’m on early maternity leave so trying to regulate movement. But now I am experiencing burning pains in my pelvis after some activity this morning (school run & mini-supermarket shop). Pain at night can be awful. Generally I have a high pain threshold but I am finding this tough. Any tips whilst I wait on my referral? I’m not sure if it is complicated by placenta previa (grade 3) and a baby that is currently breech . Thanks in advance

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 May 2017 – 09:37

    Hi Minicapuccino
    The maximum dosage is 8 tablets of paracetamol (4g) in a 24 hour period. Taking the maximum dosage will not harm the growing baby but might help you to stay on top of your pelvic pain. In fact, your GP or obstetric doctor might need to prescribe you stronger pain relief if you are struggling so much with daily activities. You can visit your day assessment unit or triage in your local hospital for review of your PSD more urgently.
    Lots of rest in between your more active moments will help the body to recover. Any movement (getting on and off the toilet, rolling over in bed etc), should all be done keeping the knees together so that the front part of your pelvis which causes the pain – the symphysis pubis- will be minimally stretched each time these movements occur. You might be given a pelvic support belt by your physiotherapist, but these have varying levels of success from woman to woman. I hope it improves soon, i know that it isn’t much fun!

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  • Psd?

    By Anonymous (not verified) on 29 Jan 2017 – 16:06

    Im 37 weeks tomorrow i suffer from AS of the lumber spine and arthritis of the hips. For the past 3 days iv been taken paracetamol every 4 hours my back is very stiff and painful and my pubic bone keeps cracking also somtimes my thighs ace could this be spd or more my medical problems? Iv been sitting down for past 3 days with a hot water bottle on my back and it hurts getting in and out of bed also iv been sleeping like 11 hours

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  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Jan 2017 – 09:22

    Hi there. It is difficult to say. You are now term at 37 weeks and sometimes the weight of the baby, the water and the placenta can take it’s toll and feel very heavy and uncomfortable. SPD can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but with your medical history, I would advise that you were seen as soon as possible at your local triage/labour ward to be assessed. If you are so reliant on pain relief, that does not seem to really be helping, then you certainly may require better pain relief and an obstetric review.
    Please take care of yourself!

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  • pregnant

    By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Nov 2016 – 14:56

    Hi thanks for posting. I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering so badly 24 weeks into your 5th pregnancy. The symptoms you describe sound like pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PGP). I think you need to see your GP or midwife promptly to get a referral to see a women’s health or musculoskeletal physiotherapist who will be able to treat you and make a positive impact on this debilitating condition.
    Please also look at this excellent website for more information and support http://www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk/ the sooner you get treatment the better your recovery will be.
    I am unsure what the significance of the itching is but I would make an appointment today with your GP and ensure that you mention the itching, how long it has been bothering you, what area of your body is affected and what time of day/night it affects you most. Your GP may wish to investigate the reason for the itching further.
    Please feel free to contact us 9-5 weekdays on our Pregnancy Line 0800 0147 800. I hope you start treatment soon.
    Tommy’s Midwives

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  • By Bethany ayre (not verified) on 30 Nov 2016 – 14:08

    I am 24 weeks pregnant got told u have spd as i have pains in my pelvic bone and back and belly and wen u turn over it’s painful can’t hardly walk as it hurts I can’t sit down or lay down as i just wanna cry this Is my 5th baby and i get a bath and wash my self today I found my pelvis all swallon and i am always itching every were it’s unreal

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24 Weeks Pregnant: Pregnancy Pain

At 24 weeks pregnant you might start to feel a little bit uncomfortable as your baby continues to grow. Here’s what’s happening during week 24 of your pregnancy.

24 Weeks Pregnant

Congrats! You are officially 24 weeks pregnant!

Your baby is starting to become more active and you are noticing more movements inside you.

You are close to finishing your second trimester which ends at 27 weeks.

How Big Is Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant?

At 24 weeks pregnant your baby is putting on more and more weight and now the size of a cantaloupe. They are weighing in a little over a pound and almost a foot long.

How Is My 24 Week Fetus Developing?

Your 24 week fetus is developing nicely.

This is a big week for your baby as the lungs are considered developed, but they haven’t started making surfactant (helps the lungs not stick together) yet.

Surfactant is what helps them breathe on their own. This typically starts to happen around week 26.

Their inner ear is fully developed now and it helps them control their balance inside the womb.

Rest assured, a chubby little bundle of love is on her way.

24 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your 24 weeks pregnant belly is getting a little bigger every day.

Are you part of the outie club yet? Or do you still have an innie?

You may notice that your belly button that once was an innie is now an outie. If your belly button has officially popped out it should pop back in after pregnant.

I always remember when mine popped out I said I was officially done like a turkey that you cook at Thanksgiving.

Of course, it’s not quite time for your baby to be born so just enjoy your outie for now.

You might start to notice other changes with your body. Hips might be expanding, bigger bum, bigger breasts… These are all preparing you to give birth to a beautiful baby in about 16 weeks.

Some things might return to normal after pregnancy and others might continue to be a part of you forever.

This is when we get to fully embrace motherhood and our new beautiful bodies.

24 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Pregnancy Pains

At 24 weeks pregnant you might be experiencing all kinds of pregnancy pain.

Your body is likely screaming at you by this point in pregnancy.

You are constantly trying to find a comfortable position when sitting, standing or lying down.

Riding in the car for a long period of time can be super uncomfortable on your tailbone and legs. If this is the case take breaks on car trips so you can get out and stretch your legs.

Your back aches, your hips hurt, you may even be experiencing pregnancy carpal tunnel. All these pains are normal.

Hip and Back Pains

As the pressure increases on your sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back to your feet you will feel pain, numbness, and tingling in your back, butt, and hips.

As your baby changes positions in your uterus you may feel these pains off and on depending on where the baby is positioned.
Many pregnant women try to find ways to relieve hip and back pain.

Some women invest in a pregnancy belt that will help support the weight of your belly. This belt will help by providing gentle compression in the abdominal area.

As you wear it you will notice that it gives support and relieves pains in your hip and pelvic areas.

Another way to help is to sleep with a pillow between your legs at night or doing stretches like crossing one foot over the other and bending sideways at the hip.
Feet

Have your shoes shrunk while you have been pregnant? Your shoes are not shrinking, but your feet might be growing.

You may notice your feet have grown and your shoes are extra snug.

This is due to extra fluid and ligaments changing in your feet. These changes may be causing some aches and pains in your feet.

Stop trying to squeeze your feet in a shoe that is too small. Don’t walk around your house barefooted. Find some house shoes that have support.

Your feet most likely are going to stay this size, so don’t feel bad investing in bigger shoes.

How Many Months Is 24 Weeks Pregnant?!

You are 6 months pregnant and going strong. Keep doing what you are doing mama.

What to Do at 24 Weeks Pregnant?

Adjust Your Seatbelt

Are you feeling really uncomfortable while driving? It is about time to adjust your seatbelt for your growing baby. Make sure you are wearing your seatbelt underneath your pregnant belly. You never want it to go across because you don’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on your belly.

Start Planning that Nursery

It is time to start thinking about that nursery. Are you planning to paint it or leave it a neutral color?

If painting is in your future be sure that you are in a very well ventilated room and take lots of breaks and DO NOT climb a ladder.

In fact, it might be best if you have a friend or spouse paint for you and you can bring them snacks.

Bringing Home Baby

Now is the time to think about bringing home your baby from the hospital. Where will the baby sleep at first?

Some people have the baby sleep in their nursery from the very beginning and they just get up and walk across the house every few hours for feedings.

Others buy bassinets to put in their room so the baby is close enough so they don’t have to get up as frequently.

Although it is not recommended, people do co-sleep with their baby as well. If you choose this option, be sure you do lots of research and talk with your doctor/ pediatrician before you choose to do this.

We always just used a playpen in our room for the first few weeks while our babies were really little. After a couple of weeks, they would move to their rooms.

This is what worked best for me because I would wake up with every little noise when they were in our room, so I was getting no sleep.

There is no right or wrong answer as to where the baby should sleep. Talk with your spouse and your doctor to make the best decision for you and your baby.

Are you suffering from pregnancy pain at 24 weeks pregnant? Share how you are feeling in the comments.

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Our pregnancy calendar is researched & written by our Pregnancy Editor, Dara Duff-Bergeron. Although she rocks, she is not a health care professional. It’s just for entertainment purposes and any recommendations or information provided should not be used as a substitute for the real deal – a trained medical professional.

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