How to ease the discomforts of pelvic pain during pregnancy?

(May 4, 2010)

Pregnancy is a mixture of excitement, happiness, discomfort, and a whole lot of pain. We need to accept this as our bodies undergo tremendous changes during pregnancy. Right from the shape of our uterus to hormonal changes, every single part of our body gets busy in gearing up to support the new life inside us.

Do you feel a pressure or heaviness around the pelvic area? This is very common especially when you are in the third trimester of your pregnancy. The pelvic pain during pregnancy happens when your baby drops into the pelvic area and is ready to embrace the world. Pelvic pressure in the initial months of pregnancy indicates that the uterus is growing and expanding in size in an attempt to accommodate the growing baby. When this happens, your muscles, ligaments, and tissues expand causing a pain in the pelvic area.

In your ninth month, the baby starts burrowing itself inside the pelvic area and is on its way out and hence you feel the pressure and a pain in your pelvis. The baby’s head presses against your urinary bladder, pelvis, and your hips. Along with this the hormones again undergo changes thereby adding to your already existing discomfort.

Your entire body is busy preparing itself for the labor process. The tissues of your body soften so that the baby is easily able to pass through during the delivery process. Hence, the pelvic pain during pregnancy is quite natural and indeed painful. However, here are some few tips that will help you feel better:

•    Taking a warm water bath or shower will soothe the tensed muscles and tissues and give you some relief from the discomfort

•    Get a good massage. However make sure you get this done only by a therapist who has been licensed to cater to pregnant women and is an expert in his/her work.

•    Relax your body by trying some pelvic tilts. You can also relax by keeping your hips a little elevated.

•    Investing in a belly sling is also an excellent idea to find some relief from this discomfort. Before you do this do make sure that you seek the opinion of your doctor.

•    Trying some pelvic exercises under an expert’s supervision will also relieve the discomfort to a large extent If you feel that the pain and discomfort is getting beyond the tolerable limit then make sure you inform your health provider in order to avoid any complications.

Submitted by P T on May 4, 2010 at 12:29

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