As I was getting up this morning I've noticed (not that one could miss it) horrendous back pain across my lower back from top of buttocks to top of hip across the full width of my back. It's not tender to touching has been constant all day.
Had paracetamol a couple of times and it's not really touching it. Pharmacist and midwife have previously both said that using heat patches and pain relief gels are not safe in pregnancy.
Any ideas what might have caused it? Any any tips to deal with it? Driving has been agony and I need to drive a lot for work.
It sounds like PGP/SPD (pelvic pain) instead of early labour. I had it in all my pregnancies, it was horrendous but it didn't affect having a vaginal birth. You will need to visit a physio for an assessment. There are ways of easing it but you could be stuck with it until after your baby arrives.
I've had this on and off the last few days. I feel like it's linked to being so uncomfortable in bed and sleeping awkwardly. I used a hot water bottle on it yesterday and that really helped. I looked it up ahead of using it and seems to be safe although your comments about heat patches not being ok have made me rethink! That said baby is kicking away so I'm assuming all's ok. I didn't keep the hot water bottle there constantly - just enough to ease it. Other than that I have no advice. I've assumed it's another normal, painful part of pregnancy!
It sounds like mild sciatica or mild SPD. Baby could be lying awkwardly on a nerve? You could see a private osteopath / chiropractor / physio for a quick diagnosis and therapy.
I've got terrible lower back, hip and leg pain which is very common and just part of the joys of being pregnant. I've had it since 20 weeks and its slowly gotten worse (I'm now 35 weeks and pretty much don't get any sleep due to the discomfort). I use a hot water bottle on my back and stretch 3 - 5 times a day. Yoga also helps massively but only if I do the movements at least 3 times a week! And a pregnancy massage is always nice.