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With the last pregnancy my SI joint slipped pretty early - it was excruciating. The chiro was able to get it fixed. However, she was really pricey & out of network (and of course the 1 in the area who specialized in pregnant women).<br><br>
I can feeeeeel that joint starting to get irritated again. Anyone know any stretches or exercises that can help? Should I mess with those stupid support belts? (I have 2 from last time.)
 

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Can your care provider refer you for physical therapy? Might be covered better under insurance?
 

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I second the physical therapy. I think chiro's are wonderful, but if you can't find one you may have an easier time getting some PT covered. When I was pg with DS1 I started having problems with my SI joint. I ended up not able to find a chiro I liked when we moved and I was still having severe pain 6 months post partum, so I got a referral for PT. I was able to get it under control until this pregnancy, and have now found a wonderful chiro that my insurance covers.<br><br>
As far as preventing goes, I'm not sure of anything. Stretching helps me in between adjustments.
 

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PT worked for me, but it gets really expensive, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Though maybe a few visits to learn some exercises would help? When I was doing PT, I did a number of stretches - things you could do easily at home include sitting with "good" leg/foot down (as in a chair), and the "bad" side with your foot over the good. Almost crossing your legs but with your lower leg resting on the upper one. Then lean over as far as you can, and you should feel a good stretch in the SI joint/ligaments.<br><br>
Another thing that I found helpful was to focus on posture while walking. In PT, I did this as an exercise in the water, but found relief on dry land, too. I think it was as simple as pulling in abs, tucking under bum, and pulling shoulders back a bit. Walk like that, and it may help.<br><br>
Also, my chiro has done massage on my SI joint area that has helped a lot. I can't really describe it, but there are a few different muscles in the area that can get really tight - one going down the side of the leg, another in the glute. A good massage therapist might help, or working on it on your own or having your DH do it. (My DH is more effective at reaching the glute!)<br><br>
I couldn't survive without my chiro, though. I have found a really super good one, and I'm very glad our insurance covers her!
 
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