Dealing with severe pelvic pain

So I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have a fun new side effect this week, severe pelvic/groin pain that gets worse with exercise. Saw OB who told me that yeah it sucks, but not much can be done about it except warm baths and staying off my feet.

Anyone ever have this before? How did you deal with it? Just getting up out of bed in the morning makes me want to cry, and I can't take anything for it.

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  • Chef_Barbell
    Chef_Barbell Posts: 6,646 Member
    I had it. It sucked badly. Exercise helped it a little bit.
  • spiriteagle99
    spiriteagle99 Posts: 3,655 Member
    I had it, but not from pregnancy. In my case it was a pelvic stress fracture from running - doing too much too soon.
  • CarrieMoritz
    CarrieMoritz Posts: 34 Member
    I had it very badly, and yes, the OB gave you the correct information. I had it from 20 weeks onward and even ended up using crutches for much of it. You have to take care of yourself, unfortunately exercise will only exacerbate the problem so it's best to lay up. (That was hard for me because I'm a personal trainer!) It will take approximately 12+ weeks for you post-baby to really start feeling "normalish" in regards to the pain, depending on how badly you have it. Unlike most people, it did alleviate a bit the last four weeks of my pregnancy, but I may have pushed myself a bit too much during that time and that contributed to the lengthy recovery. Keep the weight off using diet and don't rely on too much junk, nutrition is going to be very important to help you heal.
  • elphie754
    elphie754 Posts: 7,574 Member
    I had it. It sucked badly. Exercise helped it a little bit.

    Doctor actually said she doesn't reccomend exercise because it could make it worse.
    I had it very badly, and yes, the OB gave you the correct information. I had it from 20 weeks onward and even ended up using crutches for much of it. You have to take care of yourself, unfortunately exercise will only exacerbate the problem so it's best to lay up. (That was hard for me because I'm a personal trainer!) It will take approximately 12+ weeks for you post-baby to really start feeling "normalish" in regards to the pain, depending on how badly you have it. Unlike most people, it did alleviate a bit the last four weeks of my pregnancy, but I may have pushed myself a bit too much during that time and that contributed to the lengthy recovery. Keep the weight off using diet and don't rely on too much junk, nutrition is going to be very important to help you heal.

    Weight gain hasn't been much of an issue because I can't keep anything down. So far I have only gained 8lbs and seem to be losing now because I can barely keep anything down.
  • Chef_Barbell
    Chef_Barbell Posts: 6,646 Member
    elphie754 wrote: »
    I had it. It sucked badly. Exercise helped it a little bit.

    Doctor actually said she doesn't reccomend exercise because it could make it worse.
    I had it very badly, and yes, the OB gave you the correct information. I had it from 20 weeks onward and even ended up using crutches for much of it. You have to take care of yourself, unfortunately exercise will only exacerbate the problem so it's best to lay up. (That was hard for me because I'm a personal trainer!) It will take approximately 12+ weeks for you post-baby to really start feeling "normalish" in regards to the pain, depending on how badly you have it. Unlike most people, it did alleviate a bit the last four weeks of my pregnancy, but I may have pushed myself a bit too much during that time and that contributed to the lengthy recovery. Keep the weight off using diet and don't rely on too much junk, nutrition is going to be very important to help you heal.

    Weight gain hasn't been much of an issue because I can't keep anything down. So far I have only gained 8lbs and seem to be losing now because I can barely keep anything down.

    Definitely listen to your doctor then. Rest as much as you can.
  • LBgetsfit
    LBgetsfit Posts: 769 Member
    I had this with my last pregnancy. I was recommended a chiropractor who specializes with women and pregnancies. During the first consult, she quickly discovered that the ligaments around my groin weren't stretching as quickly as my hip was shifting, causing my leg to be twisted inward and putting pressure on my pelvis. She did this excruciating massage to release them a bit. And I also got an adjustment to put my leg back in the proper position. I went a few more visits for the stretching and then switched to another chiropractor once I delivered.
    Good luck! Preggo pains are part of the deal but I do hope you find relief.
  • ronjsteele1
    ronjsteele1 Posts: 1,064 Member
    Massage was my first thought as well. If you do chiro, I would give serious consideration to that (although I cannot ever recommend bone cracking chiro - we do non-bone cracking). I only had this mildly and for me, I was more comfortable sitting in a squatting position (yeah, even when I was just sitting watching TV). I don't know if that stretched things back into place or what but it did seem to help me. I imagine what makes a person feel a bit better will vary from person to person. I wonder if warm baths would be comforting? Heating pad (although you'd have to be really careful to keep it low heat). Hot water bottle?
  • azulvioleta6
    azulvioleta6 Posts: 4,196 Member
    Not from pregnancy, but I had an excruciating tumor growing through my uterus and had to wait way too long to get it removed. I sometimes took hot baths 4 times a day to deal with the pain. Hot packs (rice packs) and hot water bottles helped too.

    Sometimes exercise endorphins can help a lot with pain, though that varies from person to person. Could you swim for some gentle exercise?
  • DebSozo
    DebSozo Posts: 2,578 Member
    elphie754 wrote: »
    So I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have a fun new side effect this week, severe pelvic/groin pain that gets worse with exercise. Saw OB who told me that yeah it sucks, but not much can be done about it except warm baths and staying off my feet.

    Anyone ever have this before? How did you deal with it? Just getting up out of bed in the morning makes me want to cry, and I can't take anything for it.

    The doctor told me that what I was experiencing was a pulling of the tendons that hold up the uterus like "suspenders". I think that it happened when the uterus grew quicker than the tendons could stretch. It was painful. But I don't know if this is what you are referring to? Also I got lower back tendon pain as well.
  • crackpotbaby
    crackpotbaby Posts: 1,297 Member
    A physiotherapist may be able to help with exercises or support belt of its related to the ligaments loosening in your pelvis:
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    edited December 2016
    Its very common in pregnancy :/, I had it worse with my second pregnancy... time will help, but I still had mine for 3 months after I gave birth, its a natural loosening in the ligaments in preparation for labour. See a physiotherapist for help with this.
  • MelissaPhippsFeagins
    MelissaPhippsFeagins Posts: 8,063 Member
    If your MD said don't exercise then definitely don't exercise. However, with my second kid when I had this problem, my OS was able to recommend some stretching exercises that helped. It can't hurt to ask at your next visit.
  • GottaBurnEmAll
    GottaBurnEmAll Posts: 7,722 Member
    I had some of the pain like DebSozo is referring to, but it doesn't sound like what you're experiencing.

    Listen to your doctor and rest.

    Ask him before applying heat or anything to the area.
  • elphie754
    elphie754 Posts: 7,574 Member
    I had this with my last pregnancy. I was recommended a chiropractor who specializes with women and pregnancies. During the first consult, she quickly discovered that the ligaments around my groin weren't stretching as quickly as my hip was shifting, causing my leg to be twisted inward and putting pressure on my pelvis. She did this excruciating massage to release them a bit. And I also got an adjustment to put my leg back in the proper position. I went a few more visits for the stretching and then switched to another chiropractor once I delivered.
    Good luck! Preggo pains are part of the deal but I do hope you find relief.

    I tried a chiropractor but she honestly made me feel worse, so stopped going.
    Massage was my first thought as well. If you do chiro, I would give serious consideration to that (although I cannot ever recommend bone cracking chiro - we do non-bone cracking). I only had this mildly and for me, I was more comfortable sitting in a squatting position (yeah, even when I was just sitting watching TV). I don't know if that stretched things back into place or what but it did seem to help me. I imagine what makes a person feel a bit better will vary from person to person. I wonder if warm baths would be comforting? Heating pad (although you'd have to be really careful to keep it low heat). Hot water bottle?

    Sitting in the tub during a Luke warm shower seems to help a bit, but I can't really tolerate anything too hot right now.
    Not from pregnancy, but I had an excruciating tumor growing through my uterus and had to wait way too long to get it removed. I sometimes took hot baths 4 times a day to deal with the pain. Hot packs (rice packs) and hot water bottles helped too.

    Sometimes exercise endorphins can help a lot with pain, though that varies from person to person. Could you swim for some gentle exercise?

    I do have access to a pool, well sort of lol. Right now with 3 adults in the house and only two cars, transportation has become interesting. )car number 3 was stolen few weeks ago from in front of a police precinct).
    I had symphisis pubis dysfunction, which is a loosening of the pelvic joints due to pregnancy hormones. It is completely horrible. If this is what you have, absolutely follow your doctor's advice to the letter.

    There is some well meaning advice here that gives me the absolute heeby-jeebys, such as to take exercise - no, please, especially if your doctor advises against this, do not do it. And "see a chiropractor" - if there was ever a time in your life to NOT trust your body to someone with no medical training and an unproven "alternative" philosophy, this is it. Symphisis pubis dysfunction usually resolves itself after birth, but if it isn't treated right you can end up with permanent problems. The idea of a chiropractor wrenching things about and giving non-medically-sanctioned advice when there is a delicate condition like this involved is really scary. Also any pose which puts stress on the pelvis, such as squatting - no no no!

    What I had was a compression band that I wore around my hips to stabilise the pelvis, and I occasionally used crutches, rested a lot and in the end went off on maternity leave four weeks before the birth. I was also monitored by a physiotherapist who checked regularly for any misalignment in the pelvis (I was lucky, it stayed in line). I spent a lot of time sitting on an exercise ball - I actually took one into work and used it instead of a chair! In the end, it did correct itself after birth. I'm sorry you have this, but hang in there and follow the advice and it will end up just being another weird pregnancy memory.

    She didn't give an actual diagnosis to it, but did reccomend spanx like underwear for some comprrssion. Going later today to get some.
    DebSozo wrote: »
    elphie754 wrote: »
    So I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have a fun new side effect this week, severe pelvic/groin pain that gets worse with exercise. Saw OB who told me that yeah it sucks, but not much can be done about it except warm baths and staying off my feet.

    Anyone ever have this before? How did you deal with it? Just getting up out of bed in the morning makes me want to cry, and I can't take anything for it.

    The doctor told me that what I was experiencing was a pulling of the tendons that hold up the uterus like "suspenders". I think that it happened when the uterus grew quicker than the tendons could stretch. It was painful. But I don't know if this is what you are referring to? Also I got lower back tendon pain as well.
    DebSozo wrote: »
    elphie754 wrote: »
    So I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have a fun new side effect this week, severe pelvic/groin pain that gets worse with exercise. Saw OB who told me that yeah it sucks, but not much can be done about it except warm baths and staying off my feet.

    Anyone ever have this before? How did you deal with it? Just getting up out of bed in the morning makes me want to cry, and I can't take anything for it.

    The doctor told me that what I was experiencing was a pulling of the tendons that hold up the uterus like "suspenders". I think that it happened when the uterus grew quicker than the tendons could stretch. It was painful. But I don't know if this is what you are referring to? Also I got lower back tendon pain as well.
    I had some of the pain like DebSozo is referring to, but it doesn't sound like what you're experiencing.

    Listen to your doctor and rest.

    Ask him before applying heat or anything to the area.
    I had some of the pain like DebSozo is referring to, but it doesn't sound like what you're experiencing.

    Listen to your doctor and rest.

    Ask him before applying heat or anything to the area.

    This feels like the actual pubic bone is bruised, if that makes sense, and then goes outward from there.

    We see the specialist tomorrow so hopefully she has more answers.
  • Tubbs216
    Tubbs216 Posts: 6,597 Member
    Second vote for symphysis pubis dysfunction. I had it with my last pregnancy, and it was miserable. Even now my youngest child is 16, I still can't shove anything heavy to the side with my foot.
    http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/symptoms-and-solutions/symphysis-pubis-dysfunction
  • youngmomtaz
    youngmomtaz Posts: 1,075 Member
    I suspect I had SPD my last 2 pregnancies. Horrible feeling! Rolling over in bed made me cry, walking made me feel like my pubic bone was glass and might shatter at any moment, I always has blisters on my feet from the alteration in the way I walked. My MIL, who is a physio, reccomended a support belt. It helped a bit. The best was just staying off my feet too much and icing my hip and all pubic joints. Not fun but it helped a lot. You are over half way, the end is near! I hope you can get some relief. Talk to your doc, and health care team, see if they can get you a referral to a physiotherapist.
  • CharlieBeansmomTracey
    CharlieBeansmomTracey Posts: 7,682 Member
    edited December 2016
    elphie754 wrote: »
    I had this with my last pregnancy. I was recommended a chiropractor who specializes with women and pregnancies. During the first consult, she quickly discovered that the ligaments around my groin weren't stretching as quickly as my hip was shifting, causing my leg to be twisted inward and putting pressure on my pelvis. She did this excruciating massage to release them a bit. And I also got an adjustment to put my leg back in the proper position. I went a few more visits for the stretching and then switched to another chiropractor once I delivered.
    Good luck! Preggo pains are part of the deal but I do hope you find relief.

    I tried a chiropractor but she honestly made me feel worse, so stopped going.
    Massage was my first thought as well. If you do chiro, I would give serious consideration to that (although I cannot ever recommend bone cracking chiro - we do non-bone cracking). I only had this mildly and for me, I was more comfortable sitting in a squatting position (yeah, even when I was just sitting watching TV). I don't know if that stretched things back into place or what but it did seem to help me. I imagine what makes a person feel a bit better will vary from person to person. I wonder if warm baths would be comforting? Heating pad (although you'd have to be really careful to keep it low heat). Hot water bottle?

    Sitting in the tub during a Luke warm shower seems to help a bit, but I can't really tolerate anything too hot right now.
    Not from pregnancy, but I had an excruciating tumor growing through my uterus and had to wait way too long to get it removed. I sometimes took hot baths 4 times a day to deal with the pain. Hot packs (rice packs) and hot water bottles helped too.

    Sometimes exercise endorphins can help a lot with pain, though that varies from person to person. Could you swim for some gentle exercise?

    I do have access to a pool, well sort of lol. Right now with 3 adults in the house and only two cars, transportation has become interesting. )car number 3 was stolen few weeks ago from in front of a police precinct).
    I had symphisis pubis dysfunction, which is a loosening of the pelvic joints due to pregnancy hormones. It is completely horrible. If this is what you have, absolutely follow your doctor's advice to the letter.

    There is some well meaning advice here that gives me the absolute heeby-jeebys, such as to take exercise - no, please, especially if your doctor advises against this, do not do it. And "see a chiropractor" - if there was ever a time in your life to NOT trust your body to someone with no medical training and an unproven "alternative" philosophy, this is it. Symphisis pubis dysfunction usually resolves itself after birth, but if it isn't treated right you can end up with permanent problems. The idea of a chiropractor wrenching things about and giving non-medically-sanctioned advice when there is a delicate condition like this involved is really scary. Also any pose which puts stress on the pelvis, such as squatting - no no no!

    What I had was a compression band that I wore around my hips to stabilise the pelvis, and I occasionally used crutches, rested a lot and in the end went off on maternity leave four weeks before the birth. I was also monitored by a physiotherapist who checked regularly for any misalignment in the pelvis (I was lucky, it stayed in line). I spent a lot of time sitting on an exercise ball - I actually took one into work and used it instead of a chair! In the end, it did correct itself after birth. I'm sorry you have this, but hang in there and follow the advice and it will end up just being another weird pregnancy memory.

    She didn't give an actual diagnosis to it, but did reccomend spanx like underwear for some comprrssion. Going later today to get some.
    DebSozo wrote: »
    elphie754 wrote: »
    So I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have a fun new side effect this week, severe pelvic/groin pain that gets worse with exercise. Saw OB who told me that yeah it sucks, but not much can be done about it except warm baths and staying off my feet.

    Anyone ever have this before? How did you deal with it? Just getting up out of bed in the morning makes me want to cry, and I can't take anything for it.

    The doctor told me that what I was experiencing was a pulling of the tendons that hold up the uterus like "suspenders". I think that it happened when the uterus grew quicker than the tendons could stretch. It was painful. But I don't know if this is what you are referring to? Also I got lower back tendon pain as well.
    DebSozo wrote: »
    elphie754 wrote: »
    So I'm 25 weeks pregnant and have a fun new side effect this week, severe pelvic/groin pain that gets worse with exercise. Saw OB who told me that yeah it sucks, but not much can be done about it except warm baths and staying off my feet.

    Anyone ever have this before? How did you deal with it? Just getting up out of bed in the morning makes me want to cry, and I can't take anything for it.

    The doctor told me that what I was experiencing was a pulling of the tendons that hold up the uterus like "suspenders". I think that it happened when the uterus grew quicker than the tendons could stretch. It was painful. But I don't know if this is what you are referring to? Also I got lower back tendon pain as well.
    I had some of the pain like DebSozo is referring to, but it doesn't sound like what you're experiencing.

    Listen to your doctor and rest.

    Ask him before applying heat or anything to the area.
    I had some of the pain like DebSozo is referring to, but it doesn't sound like what you're experiencing.

    Listen to your doctor and rest.

    Ask him before applying heat or anything to the area.

    This feels like the actual pubic bone is bruised, if that makes sense, and then goes outward from there.

    We see the specialist tomorrow so hopefully she has more answers.

    ask her instead of spanx if a belly band would work, less constricting than spanx and it holds your belly up a bit.