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Ow. Help!

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Skeppers Thu 13-Aug-15 17:13:38

Am 40+4 today.

Have had an uncomplicated, easy pregnancy thus far. However, literally in the last hour I've developed a stabbing pain at the base of my spine, right across the top of each buttock. It's not contractions- feels more like a muscular pain as it gets worse when I try to move/walk...but at the moment I'm virtually immobile because whenever I try up put weight on either leg, it buckles beneath me! I just tried to stand up and walk to the kitchen, took about 3 paces, then my legs just went and I collapsed, clutching the windowsill to keep me upright! Ow! What is this new horror!? Saw MW on Tues and baby is in perfect position, so not back to back or anything...could he be pressing on a nerve or something? The pain completely disappears when I sit/lie down, but I've got stuff to do!

I did have a similar pain about a week or so ago, but only on the right side and only if I'd been walking for a while.

scatterbrainedlass Fri 14-Aug-15 08:57:05

It is kind of in the area where your 'bum dimples' (you know, the little dimples where your back turns into bum!!) are? Could it be sciatica? It's like a horrible stabbing pain, and sometimes if I get it suddenly my leg will almost collapse.

CarrotPuff Fri 14-Aug-15 09:04:36

Sounds like Sciatica. You need to get the baby to move, as s/he is pressing on a nerve, so if something gets them moving, do it!

Skeppers Fri 14-Aug-15 12:04:08

Thanks both! It's eased off now, thankfully. I was getting my hopes up because I'd been reading about back labour and thought things were finally kicking off! But no pain today. He must've shifted position...doesn't surprise me, the little so and so won't stay still long enough to just GET BORN! (can you tell I'm overdue and fed up!?)

And yes, it's exactly where you said, where your bum joins your back. Must've been sciatica! I'm investing in a gym ball today to try and improve my posture and get him in the right position. smile

scatterbrainedlass Fri 14-Aug-15 13:56:41

Glad it's eased off smile I think it's caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, so once you get your back/posture sorted out it should ease off. I get horrendous popping noises in my lower back/pelvis sometimes when I get out of bed, very nasty!

sianihedgehog Fri 14-Aug-15 18:30:15

Sciatica! I've been getting it the past few days too (also 40+4) - it seems to come on if I've been sitting down or slouching on the sofa and be better if I stay moving or sit properly upright at the table. Wikipedia says it's down to baby's head creating pressure.

Skeppers Fri 14-Aug-15 18:45:00

I popped out today and bought a gym ball, which I've been sitting/bouncing on. grin

I didn't think that going past my due date would annoy me so much as I'm dreading labour/birth, but I am counting the days now as feel so over encumbered it's starting to piss me off, and he's a great lump!

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