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Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy: What You Should Know and Remedies

by | June 17, 2019

Complications showing up during pregnancy isn’t uncommon. Pain in the pelvic region, for instance, is one such complication which is common and can occur as a result of many underlying issues. If you’ve experienced something like this, or are currently experiencing this complication, this post is for you. Know more about pelvic pain during pregnancy, here.

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Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy: What You Should Know and Remedies

It is common to experience certain levels of discomfort in the back, as well as the abdominal area, when you’re expecting. The discomfort can travel to the pelvic region as well. Although not a major concern, there are ways to remedy this, and if matters escalate, consulting your healthcare provider is a must.

With time, the growing fetus can cast some changes in the woman’s body. The back, pelvis, hips, and buttocks are especially affected. Pain in the pelvis during pregnancy may occur for more than one reason, according to Healthline. It may happen due to issues like hemorrhoids, which occur due to swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus. This pain may radiate throughout the pelvis to the hips.

What Causes Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy?

Some of the probable and common causes for pelvic discomfort, in addition to hemorrhoids, are sciatica, cramping, and pain in the pelvic girdle.

A pregnant woman is more predisposed to hemorrhoids, owing to the expanded uterus exerting more pressure on the anus, swelling the regional veins. Read our article on “DEALING WITH HEMORRHOIDS DURING PREGNANCY BUT NOT CONSTIPATED? HERE’S HELP”

Sciatica, in the same way, occurs when the nerve running from hips to the legs becomes inflamed or irritated. The baby’s changing position by the third trimester can affect the sciatic nerves, causing mild to severe discomfort.

Pelvic girdle pain, although not the most likely reason (affects 1 in 5 women), can reportedly be a cause. Here again, the baby’s weight and changing position can affect the pelvis and hips.

Cramping may also cause pain in the pelvic region including the lower back and abdomin. Abdominal and back cramping can radiate to buttocks, according to Healthline. Good news is the pain should subside after delivery, but it may sometimes persist with the underlying conditions if present.

Home Remedies to Help Deal With Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy?

Some measures can be taken to reduce the pain, but it is highly recommended to visit your doctor if the pain becomes chronic.

If the pain is severe, you may find relief from prescription medications or appropriate OTC medications. Also, there are hemorrhoid ointments prescribed by your doctor and treatments they can recommend. Do not wait for things to worsen, consult the doctor the moment things become persistant.

As a measure to prevent mild pelvic pain during pregnancy, you can try light stretching, avoiding standing (or sitting) for a long period of time, eating more fiber and drinking fluids to help with constipation, sitting in a warm or hot bath in the case of hemorrhoids or muscle and joint pain, and always sleeping with a pillow between your legs and under your belly.

Did you experience pain in your pelvis or hips during pregnancy? How did you manage it? Comment below.

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Debayan Paul

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