Post # 1
30 weeks with twins here, and because twin 2 has had her bum and legs snuggled nicely under my ribs for a few months now (laying transverse on top of her sister), I’ve been in constant (sometimes take-your-breath-away) pain under my ribcage on the right side. It radiates right around to my back and makes that sore as well. The other day, the pain got excruciating and I felt a little snap; since then, I can’t really lay down or sit down comfortably at all because it hurts too much.
Is it possible one so my ribs has cracked, or is it just an urban legend that a baby can do that to you? How on earth do you find out and/or treat it?
Post # 3
Ouch! That sounds painful. Maybe the doctor can do an MRI (guessing that one since it uses magnets instead of radiation like an X-ray or CT) to see if anything shows up? Not sure how it would be treated though. Can’t very well cast a rib cage.
Hope you start to feel better and that the little ladies lay off the rib abuse!
Post # 4
there isn’t really a good treatment for an isolated rib fracture, unfortunately. Sometimes if someone has multiple rib fractures we will put an epidural in for pain relief, but that’s an inpatient thing, and usually not just for one fracture. I’m sorry you’re going through this, ouch! How exciting to be expecting twins though!
Post # 5
@UK Bride: ouch!! Oh you poor thing. Don’t have any advice, but hope you can find something to help with the pain.
Post # 6
Ow! Please go see your doctor, I’m sure he can find out whether your rib is broken without an X-ray.
However, like the others said I don’t know how he can bring you relief right now. Maybe he can massage your top baby down? I’m so sorry, keep us updated!
Post # 7
Thanks for the sympathy.
I think I’ll ask the midwife at my next appt if there’s anything I can do! Other twin mums have suggested doing stretches on the floor and drinking ice water to get baby moving, but those don’t work for long–she just scooches right back up there. 🙁
Post # 8
Aw you poor thing! I don’t have any good advice (other than see your dr) but I hope you feel better soon and they didn’t actually crack your rib.
Post # 9
It’s possible–you poor thing! Sounds like you have a couple of energetic little kiddos in there!
Post # 10
@UK Bride: Sympathies! I litterally feel your pain since I fell down some stairs about a month ago and cracked a rib on a windowsill — still notice it now, the the bigger I get with the baby. But it’s much better than it was immediately.
There’s not really much you can do for a cracked rib though other than take it easy.
I don’t think it’s an urban myth and you should talk to your doctor/midwife. Mine told me to rest as much as possible and sleep on the opposing side. Also I spent a lot of time alternating an ice pack on/off, 15 minutes at a time when lying down. I took some regular Tylenol (paracetemol) as well because my midwife said that was okay, before bed to help me get some sleep.
Post # 11
OUCH! I don’t have any advice, unfortunately. But that’s some serious stuff! I hope you get some relief soon.
Post # 12
My DS (Baby B) was transverse up by my ribs, DD (Baby A) was breech down by my bladder. DS used to kick me SO HARD in the ribs, I literally would lose my breath. I told him in utero, that I was going to kick him when he came out.
I’ve told him that story (he’s now 5) and he will sometimes ask me, “Hey mom, remember that time when I was a baby in your belly and I kicked you really hard in the ribs?”
I got no other relief than when they were both too big to really move around (probably around 30 weeks, like you)!! Good luck!!
Post # 13
I don’t have an answer but wanted to say that I really feel for you with the rib pain! I fractured a rib last November by coughing and unfortunately, even if it is broken, you can’t do anything for ribs other than just stick it out with painkillers. They can’t be strapped up because this compresses the lungs. Hope you get some relief soon! All the best for their arrival 🙂