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what is best sitting position for lower back/pelvis pain?

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titferbrains Mon 13-Jun-11 08:55:41

When I sit forward (that optimising position for keeping baby head down), baby kicks constantly like I'm squashing it.

If I sit back I seem to get pain when I stand up.

I get pain in my hips often if I put my legs up so they are at the same height as my hips.

Being on a sofa, leaned back, causes pain and makes it hard for me to walk.

Sitting up perfectly straight is ok but not exactly relaxing/comfy!

Do I need to be sitting on birthing ball as often as poss now?

titferbrains Mon 13-Jun-11 08:56:02

Am 25 wks.

Sarah159 Mon 13-Jun-11 09:06:47

Could you sit up straight on the sofa with lots of cushions behind you to support? That could help? Or maybe a wedge cushion under you? If sitting on a birthing ball is comfy then go for it

Littlepic Mon 13-Jun-11 09:47:24

With my physio head on my main suggestion would be not to adopt any one static position as eventually you will have pain no matter how you sit. I suggest that you alternate your position every 30mins or so even if this means standing up walking to make a cup of tea then going back and sitting down.
I would alternate your sitting between birthing ball, sofa, lying down, an upright chair with cushions/pillows to make it soft. Also a rolled towel/cushion in your lower back will help to give added support.

Hope this helps xxx

buttonmoon78 Mon 13-Jun-11 09:48:55

There is an art!

The best chair for me (seriously) is one of those £2.50 plastic patio chairs from Wilko or similar. You can put a throw over it to hide it if it offends your sensibilities! Roll up a hand towel and place it behind your back for optimum support, then sit down. Ideally you should be a collection of right angles - back at right angle to thighs (which should be parallel to the floor), thighs at right angles to lower legs. Unless you're an amazon it's likely that you'll need to put something under your feet to raise them - I use a Next Directory, it's perfect for me! It's not exactly the kind of thing to stick your feet up in and snuggle up to dh but it's perfect for sitting pain-free.

I'm afraid that baby positioning will have to come second to you and your comfort. 15 weeks is a long time to be in pain and you risk doing some longer term damage if you don't deal with it now.

Do you have spd/pgp?

pod3030 Mon 13-Jun-11 10:28:15

i found the bouncy ball to be a godsend xxx

titferbrains Mon 13-Jun-11 13:30:42

it's not spd as I have no pain in front, it's all lower back. My chiropractor said my back seemed "very fragile" and that there may be a problem with one of the discs. I feel like i'm in pain almost all the time but was totally unimpressed with my first physio session so haven't been back [feeling a bit guilty about that]. Only thing physio did point out that's been very helpful is that I need to use my transverse abdominals more and I find that doing about 20 pelvic tilts before I sit down and when I get up seem to alleviate pain as it "wakes up" the TA muscles and helps them to hold painful joints together. So I move more easily. Am doing them all the time now as I regularly have very sharp pain.

I did try propping myself up with pillows but I think it's the angle really that causes pain, and also the sofa cushions are quite soft. I've noted point about moving around regularly. I did spend the last few min of "one good turn" doing pelvic tilts last night!

Will dust off bouncy ball and blow up while dd is plugged into Cbeebies.

buttonmoon78 Mon 13-Jun-11 15:48:01

Hate to break it to you, but I feel very little of my spd in the front. That's why they changed the name to pgp as that implies the whole of the pelvis in involved, not simply the joint at the front.

I also have lower back pain as I have hypermobile joints and mild scoliosis which conversely leads to stiffness in the lower 4-5 vertebrae and increased wear and tear on the discs.

Hope you find some relief soon!

titferbrains Mon 13-Jun-11 20:07:23

Ah, I have scoliosis too so maybe we have the same pain? When you get pain does it make you cry out? I guess discussing it won't really help but I do feel a bit down at times because I am waddling/limping like I'm 9 months gone! Also my mother keeps trying to offer me helpful times - when I screamed as I got off the sofa the other day she asked me what shoes I was wearing and later said I needed to try to walk properly angry hmm

titferbrains Mon 13-Jun-11 20:07:50

tips not times...

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