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Yeah, I know it's my 3rd and I should remember *everything* from the prior pregnancies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But I figured I'd check in here, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I've noticed a lot more achiness in my pelvis/lower abdomen and upper legs. Nothing rhythmic to make me worry of contractions, but a similar sort of ache - if that makes sense! Is or has anyone else experienced this at around this time? (I'm 20wks today.) I'm wondering if relaxin is kicking in and throwing everything out of whack, or if I've been sitting in this computer chair too much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> or what! I saw my chiro last week and things were *less* out of whack than normal, but now it feels totally off!<br><br>
Thanks for any input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have a really bad achy pelvis with sharp pains too. I get regular chiropractic care, and I am doing some exercises to help (beyond kegels). It started with the pubic symphysis pain that I was familiar with. The exercises seem to have helped that specifically, but now it is more in my groin. This is my 3rd pregnancy, and I am 24 weeks. I have been working on this for at least 6 weeks now. I find that babywearing and mowing our lawn do seem to make it worse, but I can't avoid those! I am a bit frustrated because I feel like I should be able to figure something out to make it better.<br><br>
My midwife did help me when she explained that movements using the inner leg strength will separate my pelvis, thus causing more pain. Instead use movements that use the outer leg strength, and those actually feel fine. It was much easier to understand when she demonstrated, but that little tidbit has made a huge difference for me.<br><br>
I would like to figure out how to apply ice and heat to the region if anyone has some great ideas. I am also using massage to work on my hips, as I think some of this may be lingering effects from previous lower back injuries. I would appreciate any ideas that anyone has . . . I am fairly certain that it is the relaxin that makes this so bad. And, it was never this bad with my previous pregnancies.<br><br>
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I've been having a lot of groin/pelvic pain for a couple of weeks. My pelvic bone feels like its broken at times it hurts so badly. Yesterday when I had my fundal height checked at my appointment she pressed on it and its been very sore all night and this morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I've done different exercises that have helped my lower back but nothing for the groin area. I'm seeing a chiro VERY soon.
 

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I had that with my last pregnancy and it is called symphysis pubis dysfunction(sp?). The main thing that helped was chiropractic care, sleeping with a pillow between my knees, putting on pants sitting down, not pushing anything heavy with my feet. This website is really helpful regarding the problem (even if you aren't plus sized) <a href="http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm" target="_blank">http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm</a><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I had that with my last pregnancy and it is called symphysis pubis dysfunction(sp?). The main thing that helped was chiropractic care, sleeping with a pillow between my knees, putting on pants sitting down, not pushing anything heavy with my feet. This website is really helpful regarding the problem (even if you aren't plus sized) <a href="http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm" target="_blank">http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm</a><br>
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Thanks Wendi!
 

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What ARE the excercises? I've been doing pelvic rocks & tilts... is there anything else?<br><br>
My mw suggested a postnatal support band (since my regular maternity belt feels very uncomfortable)or a tight bathing suit (w/snaps in crotch area for easier bathroom trips) to hold everything in place. I know that site says they can be helpful or actually escalate the problem. I guess I'll try that & see if it helps. She said that it can also help hold chiropractic adjustments a little longer...<br>
I've also got a call in to a chiropractor.<br><br>
I'm starting to have real problems already & it makes me so nervous. I was painfully crippled by it for some time with dd so this time I want to do what I can to prevent it.
 

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I've been experiencing achy pain in my lower abdomen when I walk. Is this kinda what you ladies are feeling too? The weird thing is, it doesnt hurt when I am sitting or laying... just walking for the most part. Is this something to get worried about?
 

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The exercise (technique) I use to help with my pelvis is to put something soft and squishy (like a pillow or small ball) in between my knees and squeeze my knees as hard as possible onto the item. It usually results in a loud pop in the front of my pelvis and I feel much better. My chiro would do something similar where she would have me squeeze my knees together and she would force them apart causing the same pop. It always feels better afterward. As far as the achy lower belly I get that too and it is different than the pelvic pain. The achy lower belly seems to be more muscle stretching for me.<br>
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What Wendi describes has helped me maintain my sanity! It's an indirect adjustment of the pubic bone (my chiro also does a direct adjustment) and it feels SO good when it pops! I sleep with an old body pillow folded in half between my legs, and usually by morning I can squeeze it get a nice adjustment.<br><br>
I agree that my achiness is different than just the pubic symphysis pain, though. Perhaps it is, indeed, just stretching and such. My MW comes today so I'll see if there's any concern - I doubt it!
 

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Not in your DDC, but wanted to let you know that with my first pregnancy, I started feeling pelvic pain/spreading at around 20 weeks. For me, it felt like I had been riding a horse or a bike for days! With this pregnancy, thankfully, it didn't start until much later. The discomfort is a result of the Relaxin loosening up the pelvic girdle and your body just gradually preparing to move the baby through your pelvic bones. If you think about it, I guess it's better to have it happen gradually over 20 weeks than all at once in labor, but it still HURTS, and it's hard to live with that pain for months! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
It's also important to know that having some pelvic discomfort is normal for lots of women, and isn't always full-blown pubic symphysis--unless of course it is excruciating and diagnosed by a chiro, MW, etc.
 

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lactivist & Heather B~ a question about the excercise... does it hurt really bad before it pops? I just tried it, but was afraid to squeeze too hard because I have a really sharp pain that goes from my groin to just inside my inner thigh. I can handle it if it's going to help, but I just wanted to make sure that was normal.<br>
I'll also try it before I get out of bed, I've been sleeping w/a pillow between my knees since my pg w/dd.
 

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I don't know that it generally hurts a lot - but I do this regularly, so if yours is more out of alignment it might. I can generally tell that it's going to pop and then get the relief once it does. It just feels *different*. Some say to do it on your back, but I tend to do it on my side when I'm sleeping. Either way, make sure you're using both legs to squeeze in, and for me having plenty of pillow to squeeze really helps!
 

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Good to know I'm not the only one feeling this way. I'm trying to get into the groove with my Pilate movements, but I feel so incredibly clumsy.<br><br>
I keep walking into door frames! Maybe THATS why I'm so sore! Ha!
 

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I have the same pain, only it's more of a discomfort at the moment, rather than a pain. I have just chalked it up to relaxin kicking in. I have other relaxin symptoms too...heartburn in the middle of the night anyone?<br><br>
I am also a lot more active this time around. So by the end of the day I feel it. not so much in the morning. Since the muscles i am felling in my inner thigh are the exact ones that ached after birth i figure giving them a mild work out now may be beneficial <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .<br><br>
I notice the pain after doing things like vacuuming or using my foot to push something. I guess I have an excuse to not vacuum so much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .<br><br>
I did get the pop everyone is talking about today after resting. It was not all that comfortable and I certainly did not feel relief afterwords. I think I will bring this up at my next chiro appointment.
 
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