There are many late pregnancy complaints that women hear about all the time. Heartburn, back ache, sleepless nights. But one of the most bothersome can be difficult to find information on, as it is not as common. For a pregnant woman suffering from moderate or severe pelvic pain, there are some things that may ease the suffering.
Identifying Pelvic Pain
The most obvious symptom is pain in the pelvis or groin area. This may be accompanied by clicking or grinding noise when moving around or walking. The pain is often worse when doing any activity that involves moving the legs apart, like walking, getting into vehicles, particularly higher ones like trucks or SUVs, climbing over baby gates or when rolling over in bed.
Causes of Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy
Although it’s not known for sure why some women suffer with this symptom while others don’t, there are theories. According to the article “Pelvic Pain,” on Plus-sizepregnancy.org, women who have given birth to many children, who have had large babies, or who have pre-existing issues with the pelvic area are more likely to experience pelvic pain during pregnancy. Also, those who have experienced it in a previous pregnancy are more likely to have the problem again.
Another possibility has to do with the hormones made during pregnancy, particularly relaxin and progesterone. These hormones loosen the ligaments in the body in preparation for giving birth. However, some women may make excess hormones or may be more sensitive to these hormones, causing the ligaments to relax too much and causing the pelvic pain.
Pelvic Pain Treatment
There are a few things that can be done to temporarily relieve pain. Try them all and see which ones work best. Try to avoid heavy lifting as much as possible, as this puts more pressure on the pelvic area. Ask a doctor if it’s okay to take an over the counter pain reliever when the pain is especially acute.
For some, sleeping with a pillow between the knees can help pelvic pain, for others this can make it worse, so experiment to see what feels best. Consider purchasing a maternity support belt, available online and in most maternity stores. The support of the belt helps some women relieve the pelvic pressure that causes pain.
Sit down when putting on pants, socks and underwear, as this is often uncomfortable for women with pelvic pain. Also try to get as much rest as possible. For temporary pain relief, lie down on the back, propped up on pillows, and squeeze a pillow between the knees, recommends the article “Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy,” on Depression-guide.com.
The good news for those suffering from pelvic pain during pregnancy is that the problem often resolves itself after birth. In the meantime, trying to take it easy, avoiding lifting, and wearing a maternity support belt can all give some temporary relief..