Post # 1
Hi ladies –
I’m just over 20 weeks and for the past couple of weeks I’ve been noticing my tailbone gets achy more and more easily. At first it was just after sitting down for long periods of time (darn desk work), but now I feel it at times even when I’m standing, walking or laying! I read online that this is pretty common due to pelvic bones shifting and baby’s weight pressing down on you, but I was just wondering if anyone else is or has experienced this too? Did you find any remedies particularly helpful in dealing with? Did it go away randomly, or not until after you gave birth?
Or just commiserate with me if you’d like! 🙂
Post # 3
Yes, I had that around 20 weeks so that’s when I started going to physical therapy. They told me staying in one position too long causes the nerve’s in the pelvic area to get pinched. Sometimes the pain would go down my leg and really bother me. Get an exercise ball, sit down and move your hips in a circular motion–it helped so much. Now at 26 weeks, I sit on the exercise ball while I’m blow drying my hair, watching tv, folding laundry, etc. and the pain is gone. Massage and heat also help.
Post # 4
I started seeing a chiropractor. Best decision ever! Solved all kinds of pregnancy aches and pains, and was covered under my insurance.
Post # 5
Mine started around 18 weeks and persisted until about 26 weeks. A few prenatal massages and putting a pillow at the base of my back while sitting in my work chair helped resolve the issue.
Post # 6
I’ll commiserate! I definitely feel that. I felt it a lot starting around 17 or 18 weeks. My doc said it is common, and will usually just get worse.
It happens for me a lot of times when I’m lying on the couch on my side. It’s usually at the end of the day, when I’ve had a busy day. It hurts when I shift or try to get up.
Post # 7
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You’re right, it is fairly common during pregnancy, but it is not normal. Have you had your pelvic alignment checked? One of the things that can cause that type of pain is torque or twisting of your uterus based on overtight ligaments. Your uterus is held up by many different ligaments that attach to the bones in your pelvis, including your tailbone, and they all have to be in perfect balance for optimal growth for your baby. If one or more of the ligaments tightens up, it can lead to twisting in the uterus, putting pressure on the baby and causing pain for you! Check in with your chiropractor; many of us are specifically trained in balancing the uterus for pregnant women! A balanced pelvis will allow for easier birth too! If you need a recommendation in your area, let me know! Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 8
@carmel bride: Oh yeah. And sometimes it almost felt numb if I sat at my desk for too long. I picked up a soft pillow that I sit on during the day, and that seems to have helped a lot. And when my back starts aching, I just move it to my low back.
I also had some sciatic nerve issues. Went to a chiro for 4-5 sessions, helped a bit but didn’t completely alleviate the problem. I found that gentle exercise (elliptical, walking during the day) helped the most. I’m 29 weeks now and it’s gotten a lot better.