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sore ribs.. :(

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star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 15:34:50

The right side of my ribs (baby is all on right side) really, really, really hurts!! I'm 30 weeks. It hurt so much that I woke up from sleep a couple of nights ago and cried
Can a midwife help to guide him into a better spot? I feel like some part of him is wedged in my ribs and it feels like a painful bruise that someone keeps touching/kicking/hitting.

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Tue 05-Aug-08 15:42:30

No suggestions, just sympathy, I'm 34 weeks and have a similar thing. THe only thing I've found that helps is doing the pregnancy yoga dvd I got. Doing the stretches in this seem to relieve the pain for a while.
I hope someone comes up with something better!

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 15:44:09

Sorry to hear that theowl...
I might try the yoga. When I lean to the left side and stretch it helps, but once I sit up straight again, the pain returns.

Tangle Tue 05-Aug-08 20:28:18

I'd be very wary of trying to get the midwife to move the baby - ECVs (where they try and reposition a baby because its breech) are now only done in hospitals with a theatre as the procedure can, occasionaly, cause the baby to become very distressed. For the same reason they tend to be done after 36 weeks (usually around 38/39).

Have you tried any optimal foetal positioning stuff? www.spinningbabies.com has some good information.

The only other thing that crosses my mind (and I'm hesitant to suggest this as it is only a possibility) is that the baby is breech and its a head that you have wedged under your ribs - DD was breech and I had a very tender spot towards the end of my pregnancy. I also had friends with similar symptoms from head-down babies, however. Might be worth asking, though, as if it IS breech the sooner you start encouraging it to turn the more likely you are to prevail!

Hope you manage to find something that helps.

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 20:33:11

Thanks a million, Tangle! I do feel like it's something big wedged in there... head or bum, not sure which, but I'm carrying quite high and this area is constantly in pain. At night (after walking around during the day...etc.) it starts throbbing a bit like a headache.

Thanks for the heads up on mw moving baby... I won't ask her to do it now that I know this.
Thanks again. I want to take a paracetamol, but worried that I'd end up taking them every day... and I recently read something about too much paracetomol in pregnancy being linked with weezing/asthma in babies...

lilyloo Tue 05-Aug-08 20:36:04

My sympathy i had this really bad with ds 1 and remember the agony.
I even had to lay down in the back of the car when we went anywhere.
The midwives weren't very sympathetic either.
I just had lots of warm baths lying on that side.

Tangle Tue 05-Aug-08 20:38:04

You're welcome

If you want to try and work out which way round ithe baby is my MW showed me the following:
Put one hand on either side of the bump at the top, then press gently with alternate hands and watch your belly - if baby is head down you should see the entire back moving, but if its breech then the head should swing freely or be ballotable "like the basket of a balloon".

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 20:38:37

Fantastic website! Thanks! Those are really practical ideas that I will start doing immediately. Exactly what I needed.

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 20:40:26

I heard that warm baths are not good for the baby in pregnancy...

lilyloo Tue 05-Aug-08 20:42:19

you can get faint but i used to leave window open
If it any consolation it didn't happen on my next 2 pg's.

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 20:43:20

I tried that trick... I got something poking out on the far right, then moved over just to the right of my belly button, then back... maybe he's sideways??

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 20:44:47

Thanks, Lilyloo... I'm only having this one

Tangle Tue 05-Aug-08 20:46:32

I also had occasional back spasms (all in all I had a good pregnancy - honest!), and the Dr recommended warm baths to help me relax. When I asked, her comment was that the bath would have to be uncomfortably warm before it did the baby much harm .

re. the prodding and poking, if you see something moving other than between your hands, I'd say its most likely the baby is head down. But that's based on my experience of one...

Glad its of use Fingers crossed it works wink

star6 Tue 05-Aug-08 20:56:28

Thanks - and I'm getting in a bath now, too!! I haven't dared step into a bath in 30 weeks!

lilyloo Tue 05-Aug-08 21:20:55

enjoy the bath it was the only thing that kept me going through the pain in the aftrenoon at work!

reban Wed 06-Aug-08 09:43:13

Hi i have had sore ribs on my right side during the third trimester in all my pregnancys. I think my babies just sit that way so they can kick me in the ribs! Ask your midwife at your next appt to check position as they should be giving you info re head up or down by this point anyway. #mention the pain to her as well so its documented in your notes

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