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Get thee to a physical therapist. I had to argue to get a referral, but when I did, I explained my pain exactly as you did (starting at 16 weeks, got unbearable by 20) and they knew what it was immediately. The wonderful therapist fixed it on the spot. I walked out of the office pain free.
The problem was that the hormones that start to relax your joints start to kick in around 16 weeks. The effect was that it loosened things a tad too much and ended up rotating my tailbone with respect to my pelvis about 20 degrees from normal. The effect is that the tailbone then pinches the sciatic nerve when you sit, things readjust a bit as you're sitting, and then pinches the nerve again when you stand. It came back in a mild form occasionally throughout the rest of my pregnancy, but I could put myself in the gumby-like position that the PT used and relieve the pain.
Good luck. I found that I had to somewhat overexaggerte my description to get a referral, as my mw just kept telling me that "some back pain is normal. Take Tylenol." When I called in tears, I got the referral. According to the PT, this is a very common problem, but very underdiagnosed.