Pelvic/back pain

I have extremely sore pelvic and back pain which sees me limping around work. Have decided to take a couple od days off to see if it eases, nevertheless the rest seems to have made it worse. Going to my doctors tomorrow. Was wondering if anyone has this or knows anything to help ease the pain as I dont want to be signed off on maternity leave too early. Im now 32 weeks.

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  • hi there, you sound in quite abit of pain, as your 32 weeks this is very common at this stage in pregnancy, just 8 weeks to go :)

    this is mainly as your baby will be growing everyday and putting a lot of pressure on you, all you can do is take it easy and relax and enjoy the last few months of pregnancy, have many relaxing baths this should ease pain and even a hot water bottle on you back,

    take it easy and take care x

  • You may be starting with pelvic gurdle pain or SPD (same thing) if so you are quite lucky to get it so late on! I'm 18 weeks and I started with it at 14 weeks I'm off to physio for it! Could barely move at work, walking like I'd soiled myself! Unable to get around without severe pain! You are right to see your doctor / midwife as if I'm correct they should be able to do something to help ease the pain perhaps with a little physio or with a support belt which will lift the weight of you pelvis! I hope it all gets sorted for you as I know how much it hurts and can incapacitate you! Good luck and take care! X ps you can find out some more info on pgp on nhs.uk under pregnancy and birth, there is a section on common aches and pains and is listed on there as pelvic pain! X

  • It sounds like you are suffering from Pelvic Gurdle Pain (PGP) or SPD (Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction). I have also been suffering with this for the past few weeks and so have been doing my homework on it and thought I could pass on some info (I'm 34 weeks pregnant). Many women get pelvic pain during pregnancy, which can be down to the weight they are carrying, but PGP is a specific condition where by there is an overproduction or early onset production of a hormone called Relaxin. This hormone causes the ligaments that usually hold your pelvis static and in place to loosen substatially and thus causing your pelvis to be able to move. Weirdly this seems to result in a lack of mobility in this area, ie inability to walk properly or open your legs. The typical symptoms which you may well be experiencing are pain in your groin, upper legs, inner thighs, hibs, buttocks, pubis and lower back. Also, at night its really painful to roll over and you might notice clunking and clicking from your pelvis joint. Getting up to go to the loo can be nearly impossible, with your legs not responding and having to shuffle into the bathroom.

    I think its really important to get a diagnosis and be refered to an experienced physio for further diagnosis and treatment if necessary. If for example, on top of having this condition, your pelvis is out of alignment, a physio should be able to help you realign it and thus improve mobility and your ability to open your legs in preparation for birth. I understand that there are some specific birthing positions which are better for women with PGP/SPD, so try to get some advice on this and add it to your birth plan. There are also some exercises you can do including pelvic floor exercises and pelvic tilt, but check this with the physio first.

    I hope this is useful and sorry to go on, but I have been really suffering with this condition so I just wanted to share what I have learnt. Good luck.

  • Just wanted to also add this really useful website: pelvicpartnership.org.uk/

  • I have pelvic gurdle pain. I am having physio which really helps. Resting does make it worse. Do not sit for longer than 15 minutes as the blood drains from the area and causes more discomfort. I can recommend doing some simple pelvic floor exercises and pelvic/ back exercises, they have really helped me. I would ask your dr, my referral came through within a week! Hope it improves. X

  • Hi there, I am an osteopath and I see a lot of pregnant ladies with similar symptoms and I have to say it does sound like SPD which is extremely common in pregnancy (impossible to say for sure without seeing you obviously). If it is, it is usually to do with the fact that all of the ligaments are very relaxed at this stage which allows for a great deal of movement of the pelvic bones. That is very handy for giving birth but not so much in the lead up. It does usually respond very well to osteopathy however, so you should try your local osteopath. Until then, I have some tips of my website for exactly this so feel free to have a look. I hope it helps:

    betternowhealthcare.co.uk/o...

    Kind regards

    Claire Forrester

  • Wow thanks so much to all. Not only great advice but web links too. Have appointment with my GP next week, really hope I get a referral as don't want to go on maternity leave too soon. Obviously want more time at home with baba when he/she arrives. Thank u so much for all the great advice.

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