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I have for the last couple of days had fairly extreme mid-lower hip-back...ache? not really ache or pain but weakness and tiredness? It's like it's uncomfortable enough that it makes it really hard to stand up straight or walk. I used to get that after more of a full day or doing lots of up-and-about stuff and I think it was just tired from carrying my belly but now it's like I can't stand up long enough to do a sink full of dishes without bending over across the sink. If I am off my butt for any length of time my back just gets so... weak I guess. And really uncomfortable. The braxton hicks are a given as well when I am standing my belly just becomes a tight ball. They become uncomfortable after a while like if I walk around the block.<br><br>
I haven't been to the chiropractor in a couple of weeks so I'll definitely go this week but it doesn't really feel like that's going to help, it's more like my hips get exhausted.<br><br>
Is this usual and are there any remedies you use?
 

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I'm also 38 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing very similar pains. I've found pelvic tilts to give me a little relief.
 

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How is your hydration? Electrolytes? Braxton-Hicks will definitely increase with dehydration, so I would consider that that could be a factor. How is baby's position? Pelvic tilts can help not only stretch and strengthen your back but also move baby into a better position (if he's not already).<br><br>
Otherwise, maybe a support belt would help?
 

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The best way I've found to combat back pain is to lay on a heating pad for as long as possible. If i can get dp to rub the offending area to loosen it up & then lay on the heating pad, it usually works wonders. Until the next day, anyway. Not sure if that'll do the trick in your case since it's not exactly *pain*, but might be worth a try?<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span>
 

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The reason is that you are 38 weeks pregnant! I found pelvic tilts to be magic, but had to do them many times a day. Don't overdo activities (I had to cut the cleaning down to a minimum, as sweeping, dishes, and folding laundry all aggravated the pain) and just try to rest. You are in the home stretch!
 

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I've felt like I've been so lucky overall with my back considering I've had a lot of problems with it for the last few years! I can't believe a few pounds of belly could tip me over the edge but I suppose that's what it is<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">.<br><br>
I've tried on support belts a couple of months ago and at that time they didn't seem like they'd do much (I think at the time I was having a lot of disturbing BH when I was up and about which are fine with me now since I am full term) do you think it could be a worthwhile investment at this point? My hips were also hurting a couple of months ago but some regular chiro helped. I will be doing that a couple more times now I think.<br><br>
Did a heating pad last night and today my back is not TOO bad... I will also try to make myself start some pelvic tilts. I think baby is pretty much in position but not actually engaged yet.
 
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