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constant rib pain any advice

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tiny01 Sat 05-Mar-05 12:35:08


I am 37wks and have constant rib pain on right side and not only when baby moves. I also have quite regular braxton hicks for the last four days. Is this a sign of anything? Head is not engaged yet so I am wondering if the space is limited (I am 4ft 11in). Have a friend that suffered a broken rib on her first. My first was born emergency cs, too big for pelvis and also oc position. I am a little panicked. Any advice would be great.

suzywong Sat 05-Mar-05 13:04:07

sorry you are in discomfort

all I can suggest is take a long bath, chill out and if you still don't feel that it's right call the maternity unit at the hospital and ask to go in, not to worry you but just to get some better advice.

(by the way, been there done that will my kids with em Cs, so can understand you being a little anxious)


highlander Sat 05-Mar-05 15:10:31

I was in shocking pain from 34 weeks until I delivered. I had an elective CS at 39 weeks and it magically disappeared Actually just re-reading your post; mine was on the RH side too. DS wasn't engaged, transverse most of the pregnancy, with his hand up the side of his face.

bonym Sat 05-Mar-05 15:29:06

Tiny - I'm also 37 weeks and have had sore/achy ribs on the right hand side for several weeks now and have also getting regular bh's for the last week. Tbh the rib thing has eased somewhat since babe's head has been engaged (2 wks now) so you may find that you find the same thing happens to you. I wouldn't worry too much but speak to your midwife if you are very concerned.

chipmonkey Sat 05-Mar-05 15:38:44

Tiny, my 1st baby was breech and his head was up under ny ribs so was very uncomfortable. I found what helped was if you sit on a sofa, put a small cushion at the small of your back and lean back, so your head is resting at the top of the sofa. It eases the pressure a bit!

tiny01 Sat 05-Mar-05 16:54:31

hi all,

Thanks for you replys. I have just had a sleep so am not panicked anymore. Sleepness nights with sick child probably doesnt help the suitation. Feel a lot better now. I am trying to go for a elective cs but hospital are resisting. I have also developed period like pains so maybe I wont need one. Highlander- how did you get a elective, did you have a previous cs or was it the transverse position. Chipmonkey- Thanks for the tip I will try it, god a head that must have been painfull.

chipmonkey Mon 07-Mar-05 14:30:22

v. painful, in fact two of my ribs are still out of place and that was 8 yrs ago!

booge Wed 09-Mar-05 14:27:04

I've had the same pain on my right hand side since about 27 weeks and it really hurts. A friend had it too and she also said it dissappeared when the baby started to move down so I hope that happens soon. Totally agree about the sofa thing and also sitting very upright and not slouching.

Kelly1978 Wed 09-Mar-05 15:27:51

I've had rib pain on and off for a few months now, and I think you should get checked out. I was admitted to A&E monday, to check for blood clots, whic can occur during pg. Mine turned out to be a collapsed lung, due to lack of space, and I now have to be closely monitored for pnumonia. I don't want to panick anyone with rib pain, but I do think it is important to be checked out properly.

tiny01 Fri 11-Mar-05 12:06:36

oh god kelly thats awfull. I hope you are ok, it must be one big baby. I was also admitted to hospital on Monday for bleeding and blood pressure and protein in urine. They thought the pains might be epigastric pains that are associated with preeclampsia. They let me out on Tue as everything had setteled down, but are monitering my blood pressure every two days. If I have any symptoms like flashing lights in front of my eyes or sickness then I have to go back straight away, for possiple c-section. Same thing happened with ds but not the rib pain so you never know. I just goes to show that you should get anything checked if it doesnt feel normal, if normal is the right word in pregnancy. only two and a bit weeks to go.

Kelly1978 Fri 11-Mar-05 12:48:15

Tiny - glad to hear things are settling down a bit for you, just got to hang on in there now! I'm actually expecting two big babies, hence the pressure. I'm slowly recovering too, 36 wks today so def nt long left, I've started on the raspberry leaf tea in hope!

tiny01 Fri 11-Mar-05 15:13:33

lol, i wasnt expecting that, thats brill for you good luck with them. If I was you I would be lying down all day. Dont forget the curry and sex if you can manage it, I know I cant, well maybe the curry...

bakedpotato Fri 11-Mar-05 15:29:21

my miracle cure for PG rib ache: stretch the arm on that side above your head and really push it up, away from you... or get someone else to pull it (gently , mind).
it did seem to make more room... or at least eased the pressure a bit
i'm sure someone on MN told me about that, now i think back

tiny01 Fri 11-Mar-05 15:42:00

yes I think that helps too, because I am a beauty thearapist I am constantly bending over and now that I have stopped work (this week due to blood pressure) and stretching more it has eased a little even though baby is still not down yet. I sit leaning over one side of the chair to create more space. My dh thinks it a hoot.

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