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is all this pain and discomfortable normal?

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MJP1 Mon 12-Nov-12 11:56:30

I am 28 weeks pregnant with my first this question is about the terrible backache and pelvis pain I have when I sit or lie down, I have a wonderful job which I love in a busy cafe which means I am on my feet, bending etc all day, I also live in a really hilly town and walk everywhere, I am fine all day at work but its as soon as |I stop and sit down or lie down when I go to bed, thats the pain starts Its so unfortable I sort of cease up, my hips crack and then I am barely able to walk without shuffling and leaving on furniture for support. Laying down is much worse I fidget so turn from side to side which is annoying but worsens the pain, even using a full body pillow and warm wheat pack doesnt help.
I am getting fed up wanted some advise really should I take some paracetomol or am I just fussing and need to suck it up?
I see the midwife tomorrow but to be honest its such a short brief visit I feel like I am holding them up.

Please advise and tell me it gets better please xxx thank you

stinkinseamonkey Mon 12-Nov-12 12:03:33

I have a physical job too and after a busy day if I sit down straight away it ceases up so I sit on my birth ball first and do gentle movements on there before sitting/lying

also have had chiropractic treatment which helped and now it rarely happens

philbee Mon 12-Nov-12 12:04:08

Hi there. Firstly, please don't worry about holding your mw up - you are just as important as the next person and you need time to go through any worries. Secondly, no, doesn't sound normal, but it does sound like pelvic girdle pain / symphysis pubis disfunction. There's more information on the Pelvic Partnership website:

and there's a leaflet that often gets handed out by midwives here:

See if that sounds similar to what you're experiencing. If so, I would ask your mw for a referral to an antenatal physio straight away. There is often a wait. And look at what the Pelvic Partnership says about treatment and management of it.

I have had PGP in all three pregnancies, luckily not badly, but I do need to manage it by taking smaller steps, walking more slowly, avoiding certain activities and positions. Being on your feet and bending a lot all day probably does make it worse, I'm afraid. Can you ask to have sitting breaks regularly? I find I can't stand for more than ten minutes without aggravating it. If I'm moving I have a bit longer. I hope you get some help and support. Don't let anyone dismiss your pain, either, that does happen but you shouldn't be in pain in pregnancy.

Dogsmom Mon 12-Nov-12 12:33:21

Aw, I totally sympathise, let me know what your midwife says as I am suffering too but aren't seeing mine until the end of the month.

MJP1 Wed 14-Nov-12 17:50:58

Hi Thank you for your replies

Dogsmom - make an ealier appointment if you can I have been referred to a physio and for accupuncture for PGP Pelvic girdle pain which apparently is quite a common thing in pregnancy, the midwife was lovely she noticed as soon as I stood up and waddled in from the waiting room, apparently it is easily managed and treated with parocetomol hot baths and hot and cold compresses, but it does need assistance from a physio so hope that helps, looking on this site there's lots of threads about PGP or what it was formally known as SPD. x

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