Let me expand, has anyone heard of a pregnant woman producing too much relaxin? According to the father, around 3 months of pregnancy she began to limp. It continued to get worse, she used a cane. Now at 5 1/2 months pregnancy, she is using a walker and is hardly able to get around!!! I've never heard of such a thing. Please enlighten me if this is a real condition. My first thought was...are these natural "vitamins" she is taking having some play in this condition?
Not sure which one she is taking, but I know it is one of these: http://www.lifezone.com/supplements.html
Please help me on this one. I'm stumped.
It would really help if you knew which supplement she's taking. Since one of them had just iron and magnesium it would be possible that it could create a calcium deficiency.
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She is laying on her back, can barely move to do ANYTHING.... Is there a way to relieve this pain so she can sleep on her side and move around a bit more? All advice, suggestions are needed. She wants me to attend her birth. This is going to be a challenge... (and this will only be my second birth, but I'll have a very experienced midwife with me hopefully.)
She mentioned severe pains in her legs. Sometimes she doesn't even have to put pressure on them, just barely putting her foot down can trigger severe pain. She's taking 4 and 5 doses of Tylenol 3 every day. (She says she'd like to take more...)
For those of you who have experienced it, what worked for you during pregnancy? How did you handle labor and birth?
wearing tight bike shorts help some and may be the simplest way to get that over all firmness or a girtle
additionally you can tie a twin bed sheet or piece of fabric around the hips that hold the hips tighter and the uterus up-- now some people put on a cloth belt at hips and snug it up tight if it is just the hips
my old midwifery partner had this trouble with every pregnancy and she would end up on crutches for 2/3 of her pregnancy
saint John's wort oil is pain relieving and helps some (this is an infused oil not essential oil)
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How often did she see the chiro? I had this issue as well, and if I hadn't gone every other day or so, from the middle of my first trimester, with both of my kids, I would have been incapacitated. He would put me back in alighnment and the relaxin was so strong that my pelvis would be back out of alignment within 24-48 hours. The girdle DID help, but really, I only got releif from repetitive visits to the Chiro. He worked out a flat monthly rate with me, so that I wasn't getting dinged for so many visits, but he still got paid. It was more than fair. And, you might explain to her that sometimes she is SO out of wack that it may take a few visits (every day or every other day) to get "all the kinks out" and get her into proper alignment everywhere, which will help her hold the adjustment for a longer period of time.
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To the p.p. who was worried about being able to handle her labor with so much pelvis pain...I just wanted to encourage you with my personal experience. Even with so much pain during the pregnancy, during labor I did not notice any pubic pain whatsoever. My son was OP and I was doing squats, lunges, etc, with no problems. After my son was born I realized that my pelvis didn't hurt the entire time.
The pain did return after birth however and I spent a couple more months visiting the chiro getting everything back aligned properly through adjustments and strengthening exercises. I've had 2 pregnancies since then with very minimal pubic symphasis pain.
Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.
For me it the exercises in:
Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability
- a good chiro
- a good physio
That finally helped me get some relief.
Here is a thread I started about the lack of knowledge regarding this problem as well as the lack of comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plans.
It helped me understand why my body had been hurting so much and it recommended a chiropractor specializing in pregnancy.
Hope that helps.
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