I just called my midwife because i've been having leg/back/pelvic pain for three days and its not going away. I've been taking baths, extra magnesium in addition to the cal/mag in my prenatal, and laying down most of the day. She said I could try taking more calcium instead of the magnesium. I don't really have a separate calcium supplement to take and can't buy anything until payday...Thursday. I'm pretty sure that's not the issues since I've always needed a bit more magnesium than calcium. I've been worrying off and on because in some ways it reminds me of how it can feel when I'm about to start my period - its not exactly the same but kind of similar. I don't think I'm having contractions but I just feel worried and called the midwife to get reassurane or advice. What I'm really upset about though is that she told me that what I've been doing should have helped and she could refer me to an O.B. because she only sees "normal" people.
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hugs to you! I'm sorry your midwife is being less than helpful. I'm really surprised that she had so few suggestions. :(
I might be tempted to take her up on the offer of a referral as it doesn't sound like she's able to provide adequate care. You might also see if she'll give you a referral to a chiropractor or something similar as it's very possible that your back/pelvis/hips are out of alignment which could be causing you lots of problems.
I hope you're feeling better soon!
I agree with Carlin- take the referral. I'm going to project here and imagine that if it were me, I'd probably be feeling a bit anxious about seeing an OB since I've got a particular kind of pre/perinatal care model in mind.. but I think I'd also want to rule out anything out of the ordinary, since the symptoms aren't going away. And if you're able to do that, then you don't have to keep seeing the OB- you could go right back to care with a midwife, even if it's not this one.
Keep us posted. I know this has to be stressful for you- sorry you're having to deal with it. :\
Is it sciatica pain? If it is, it's likely that much of what you try doesn't help - not that it can't, but for some it does and for others, like me, it doesn't (but is also very normal and nothing to be worried about). I get it often in pregnancy, and there isn't a whole heck of a lot that helps me, and I've done it all. I'll do chiro care, and also sit with an ice back low on the side that is bothering me and try to stay off my legs/feet up as much as possible. I usually wake up feeling a tad better, but then the more I walk the worse it gets again. Sucks. :-(
Sorry you're having such a hard time regardless, and that your midwife isn't' being more supportive.
I can't get to the O.B. until Thursday or Friday (payday Thursday). I just kept resting today and thinking and googling, lol. I'm definitely heading to the chiro after payday and will probably do that before I go to the O.B. The chiro that I see is also a Naturopath and I always get great results there. I saw him with both previous pregnancies as well. But I am really starting to think this is possibly muscle soreness from all the walking I did last week. I took very long walks last week, the last one being Friday - and before that I was doing much less exercise. Like all I was doing before was occasional 15 to 20 minute walks and swimming a few times per week. But last week, on two occasions I walked 2 MILES on two different walks, and there was a one mile walk. The last walk was on Friday and then the really burning aching muscles started on Sunday. Is this what's called delayed onset muscle soreness? I'm thinking it might be. Fitness savvy mamas please do chime in. If that's what it is - what's the best way to help it feel better faster?
As for my midwife, I just don't know. She speaks in a very cheerful voice, but its what she is saying that really got to me and came across as rude. She just seemed so quick to almost throw her hands up and refer me somewhere else. She did this earlier in the week too when I called about my kids being exposed to fifth disease at school...they didn't catch it thankfully. She said I could take a blood test if I wanted to see if I am already immune, as most adults are - but that its not really worrisome in the second trimester. Then she said she had someone there and she had to go. I don't know if that means I should get a blood test or not. Another thing is, she has been a midwife for 36 years! LOL. She opened the first free standing birth center in this area. She has already slowed down her practice, she doesn't take on many mamas from what I understand. Maybe she is losing her bedside manner...ready to retire? Okay, I feel like maybe I might be blabbering now.
In my experience, I always get the worst muscle soreness on the 2nd day after alot of activity if I haven't done anything for awhile so that makes a lot of sense. If that is what's happening, some gentle exercise might help work out the soreness, but definitely listen to your body! If it's feeling worse, just rest until you have a chance to see your chiro. Ice packs (20 min on, 20 min off) might help too.
I hope you feel better soon!
Yeah, I already have chronic muscle pain from adrenal fatigue/food intolerance that I have been working on sorting out. So having the additional soreness, especially in the pelvic area, had me worried. But over the past two days it has improved greatly. No more two mile walks at the pace I was going. I had to rush to get to the school on time and forcing myself to walk faster than my body wanted to had dire consequences apparently :P. I am feeling so much better.