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    Unhappy How to deal with BAD pelvic pain?

    For the past 6 weeks or so I've been getting bad pelvic pain, stiff hips, lower back pain.


    It's been interfering with my sleep a bit but in the last 2 nights I've only had a total of 3 hours sleep.

    I can't lie down, I can't sit up, I can't lie on my side (either one). I've been propping myself up on pillows but each time bub moves it feels like I'm being stabbed in my pelvis, and when he's not moving it's just plain sore anyway.
    When I do eventually fall asleep I wake up in alot of pain.

    I've tried pillows between my legs, which is the only thing that helped me sleep in the last weeks of my last pregnancy, but it's not helping at all this time. I've tried heat packs (dont do squat). Painkillers do nothing. I can't have a bath as there's no way I'd be able to get back up again. I can't go for a swim as I have extremely sensitive skin which both chlorine and salt cause extreme allergic reactions. (And I mean Extreme)

    I'm measuring 43weeks at 36 weeks and I'm only 5ft tall, so you can imagine my discomfort.. (which I'm having a scan tomorrow to investigate why bub is measuring so large).

    Please if anyone has any tips, share them with me!

    I desperately need some sleep, and this pain is taking me to a not-so-good place

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    Oh hon, that sounds horrible. I was given a pregnancy support belt from the Hospital physio which I wore during the day and it definitely helped to alleviate some for the pain and discomfort. You could also try pre natal physio (they will be extremely gentle) and/or Chiro.

    Warm, relaxing baths (since you can't be in chlorine/swim). Just re-read that you won't do baths.

    I know if you're sleepless some Doctors may prescribe sleeping tablets. I think antihistimine type ones.

    I hope you get some sleep soon.
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    Floating in water helped me so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    Floating in water helped me so much.
    Yep agree.. I'm coming on 30weeks with bad pelvic pain got in the pool today n the pain has been barely there since..


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    I used a pregnancy belt as I was in severe pain from 27 weeks to about 34 weeks. I was told it would only go away once bubs was born but I guess I got lucky and was quite relieved.

    A physio can fit you with a pregnancy belt that gives your pelvis added support and show you how to move in bed and day to day to reduce pain. I hope things improve.

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    Thanks everyone.
    Might have to see if I can find a fresh-water pool or something so I can float around for a bit without the need to rip my skin off afterward.
    I might even try the bath.. although the last bath I had was about 6 weeks ago and it took me about 10 attempts to get out even then.. so I'm a bit apprehensive..
    I have another hospital appointment tomorrow (to discuss today's scan results), so I might ask them if they can give me anything to help me sleep. Will also see about a physio referral. I doubt they will though. They're really REALLY sh!t "care" providers. It seems like mums are merely vessels carrying the babies, without any needs of their own. It'd be nice if they didn't just brush everything off.

    Anyho..
    I had another 2 hour or so night of sleep. Ended up getting up after a couple of hours and sitting up all night, kind of reclined on the armchair with my legs up on the coffee table, with a heatpack wrapped around the sore bits. Not quite comfy enough for sleep but better than being in agony in bed.

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    I filled up a big paddling pool.

    It IS hard to get in and out of the tub when your pelvis is falling to pieces, standing on one foot is terrible for it.

    Avoid walking on uneven surfaces too.

    I'm having flashbacks to me 9 months ago!! Everyone tells you 'sleep now, while you still can'... in this excruciating pain? Yeah right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    I filled up a big paddling pool.

    It IS hard to get in and out of the tub when your pelvis is falling to pieces, standing on one foot is terrible for it.

    Avoid walking on uneven surfaces too.

    I'm having flashbacks to me 9 months ago!! Everyone tells you 'sleep now, while you still can'... in this excruciating pain? Yeah right.
    I didn't even think of a paddling pool. Even one of those bigger above ground ones that they have at kmart etc.. (so I don't have to sit down!).. Might have to ignore the water restrictions for a few weeks and get me one.

    Our bath only has one side that you can hold onto getting up aswell, it's sort of built right into the wall, so there's no edge on the wall side (if that makes sense). So that makes it a bit more interesting too..

    I'm actually looking forward to the EXTRA sleep I'm going to get when bub arrives.. I'll actually be able to lie down, and while I know it's going to be broken sleep, at least it'll exceed the hour or 2 I'm getting now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielle13 View Post
    Thanks everyone.
    Might have to see if I can find a fresh-water pool or something so I can float around for a bit without the need to rip my skin off afterward.
    I might even try the bath.. although the last bath I had was about 6 weeks ago and it took me about 10 attempts to get out even then.. so I'm a bit apprehensive..
    I have another hospital appointment tomorrow (to discuss today's scan results), so I might ask them if they can give me anything to help me sleep. Will also see about a physio referral. I doubt they will though. They're really REALLY sh!t "care" providers. It seems like mums are merely vessels carrying the babies, without any needs of their own. It'd be nice if they didn't just brush everything off.

    Anyho..
    I had another 2 hour or so night of sleep. Ended up getting up after a couple of hours and sitting up all night, kind of reclined on the armchair with my legs up on the coffee table, with a heatpack wrapped around the sore bits. Not quite comfy enough for sleep but better than being in agony in bed.
    Even if you don't get into see the Hospital physio, you can still request a pelvic support pregnancy belt. Last pregnancy I had shocking PSD and my midwife went and got me the belt, it helped so much.


 

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