Hello all! I'm new here and wondered whether you could help.
I'm 34+4 and have noticed of late that I am getting sharp pains on one side of my ribs (on my left). It's not constant, but it comes and goes ? especially when I am in bed lying on my left, as we're supposed to do! It's also happening now, as I sit at the computer.
I'm guessing that this is the baby's foot pressing into my rib? Is there anything I can do? It wakes me up as it's so painful and I then turn over and on to my right hip, which in turn hurts like heck due to the pressure on it! Is this just to be expected now?
Sounds like your passenger either kicking you or pressing on a nerve in that area. I'm sure they will reposition themselves soon but there really is limited space in there now so it's par for the course. (btw, you don't have to lie on your left! Maternal blood flow to the placenta is optimised in that position but some babies object, depending on their position. Perhaps baby is telling you to shift!)Lots of pillows. positioned in whatever way supports you. At the end of preg with dd2 I had to sleep in an upright position due to various aches and pains!
Yeah it could be the baby pushing your ribs with its feet, especially if he's head down. Sometimes if you have your hand on your ribs you can feel them being pushed outwards. Not fun! Tbh I just used to push back on them! lol
If you're uncomfortable in bed, do move, don't feel pressured to stay on your left side. Yes it's the ideal position, but it's more important that you and baby are comfortable and that you get some sleep!