I'm 12 weeks pg and am having terrible pain in the top of my leg on the outerside just below my hip. I have read about the relaxin chemical that is released during pregnancy that can cause ligament problems but my midwife thinks its too early. I'm ok for most of the time but if i do a lot of walking it's agony and it feels really weak and unstable like it could 'pop' out at anytime. Going up and down stairs is a killer and getting dressed is bad as well. Have you got any ideas what it could be or what i can do to help with the pain. If it's bad at night i sleep with a pillow between my legs but is there anything else you can think of?
Go to your Gp and ask to be referred to a physio - the earlier you go the better. There's nothing you can do, but there are definitely ways of managing it - the physio can show you how to move to cause minimum pain, correct ways of sitting, standing and getting out of bed etc. I was also given a support that I wore around my hips, that helped stop the joints wandering out
I left it really late when I was pg with DD and consequently I seem to have damaged my hip (she's 4, and I now get pain that can be bad enough that I need a stick to walk)
I second all that. In the meantime this is the basic set of advice I can remember - I'm sure others can add the bits I've missed: stop crossing your legs when you sit down, sit square on a chair/ sofa with cushion support behind your back. Don't slob out on the sofa if you can help it. Sleep with a pillow between your knees on your side, takes a while to get used to. Don't carry anything thats excessively heavy, wear flat shoes, and be careful to bend your knees when you do lift.