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pelvic pain at 22 weeks

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LazyDogJumpedOver Wed 12-Mar-14 13:14:20

Hello

I'm really suffering with pelvic pain. I had it in my last pregnancy but not this early or bad. Obviously this time round I have a toddler to entertain but it's really unbearable. My midwife booked me into a group physio session in two weeks but I went last time and know all the tips to prevent pain.

Please don't tell me how bad you suffered/are suffering - I just want ideas on relieving the pain. support belt? private physio? lying horizontal for the next 4 months? what worked for you?

Thank you

L

K8eee Wed 12-Mar-14 13:58:26

my mw told me to get a gym ball and when possible sit on that so as your knees are inline with your hips. Definitely works, or a soak in the bath definitely relieves things for me. hope you feel better soon op thanks

loopylou52 Wed 12-Mar-14 16:22:11

This is my first pregnancy and I've had pelvis issues since the first trimester. I'm seeing a private physio who specialises in pgp, where they don't fob you off with the standard advice (not all of it is relevant to everyone - e.g. it doesn't hurt to separate my legs) or just hand out equipment (belt, crutches etc - I know in some cases these are necessary but I don't believe it should be the first port of call as a default). My physio does manipulations and massage to sort out alignment issues and gave me core exercises to do. I'm now 31 weeks and, although it hasn't been a miracle cure, I'm still mobile and haven't got substantially worse. I'm in Berkshire if you want a recommendation.

loopylou52 Wed 12-Mar-14 16:24:05

Should have said - I also find the gym ball helpful. I do hip circles etc to help free things up when I get stiff.

dats Wed 12-Mar-14 16:33:14

Mine started about 22 weeks, too. I got a belt from JoJoMaman - it was £21 and has been a good purchase. Started off only wearing it when I knew I would be on my feet a lot, but as time went on, and on advice of my chiropractor I am now wearing it all the time (except in bed). It helps. Chiropractor helps too. She recommends ice, not heat if you want to put something on the area.

Also, trying to maintain a balance of keeping mobile/resting - easier said than done, I know - but again, helping me.

Good luck - it's horrid.

K8eee Wed 12-Mar-14 16:33:44

loopylou have you got bad pelvic pain but can separate your legs ok? mine seems worse when I stand or sit in the same position. only relief I get is in bed sad

loopylou52 Wed 12-Mar-14 18:21:19

k8eee - yes, I get the pain at the front (originally it was at the back), mostly if I've been sitting on a hard-ish chair for a while, or also after walking. It turns out most of my misalignment actually stems from my SI joint rather than the pubic bone joint at the front, which I think is why separating my legs isn't painful. I've still been told to keep knees together when getting out of car, bed etc so not putting uneven strain on pelvis though.

DinoSnores Wed 12-Mar-14 19:30:37

Our local hospital has an open-access PGP/SPD physio clinic so yours might too. They gave us this leaflet there as well as a rather attractive hmm massive piece of Tubigrip to put round my hips. I'm not convinced the Tubigrip helped that much but things like a plastic bag on the car seat to make it easier to twist round without twisting/separating my legs definitely did help.

acpwh.csp.org.uk/publications/pregnancy-related-pelvic-girdle-pain-mothers-be-new-mothers

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