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    hi all,
    I found out last week that I am preggers with bubs number 4, I am only 5 1/2 weeks pregnant but am getting unbearable back and hip apain already. It is so bad that I was having a lot of trouble walking last night and it was starting to go down the front of one of my legs.
    Is anyone else getting this so early on? I am getting a little worried that something bad is about to happen.
    Can anyone help????

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    I couldn't say if that's normal or not (my first pregnancy too). I started getting back and hip pains around week 7 (around the same time I started getting m/s). I don't recall any traveling pain but, I lost a lot of sleep earlier on due to the aches.

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    Hi,

    In 3 pregnancies I have never had it that early. I just started mine in the last week. It's really bad, changing sides when in bed asleep is agony. And I literally can't walk when I have to get up to pee. And I have 9 weeks left!

    Because it's so early for you, I'd go see a chiropracter or physio. They at least may have come across it, and give you advice on how to help it.

    Good Luck.

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    That doesn't sound normal. I'd say it's worth a trip to the doc. It could be a totally unrelated back issue like sciatica that just happens to have occurred whilst pregnant. If it is that you will get it after pregnancy too. Sciatica is usually on the right hand side in the buttock & goes down into your leg & can be awfully painful. If it's pelvic girdle pain you will usually only get that during pregnancy & sometimes for a while afterwards but it generally goes away.

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    I have back and hip pain. The physio said it's pelvic instability caused by the relaxin hormone. It starts earlier each pregnancy generally. Relaxin can cause constipation that early in pregnancy, so I guess it can already start the hip and back pain. I left my pain until it was making me miserable. The physio said to advise anyone else to get on top of it ASAP as the worse it gets, the more work they need to do to get you back on track. I recommend seeing a physio who specialises in pregnancy. I see a private one, even though I don't have extras cover. She charges $53 a visit, but it's been worth it, it's made a huge difference to my ability to enjoy my pregnancy. The support belt they have got me using is also a life saver. Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.

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    Hi,

    Sounds just ike what I have been dealing with for the last week (I'm about 5 wks). Pretty much from the day I found out I was pregnant I started getting awful cramps and pain. They started in my abdo (thought AF was coming, but hasn't...) and then moved around to my lower back/hips. Mine radiates down my legs as well. It gets worse when I am out and about doing stuff.

    It is very off-putting isn't it? I didn't have this at all with my first pregnancy... Well, I did have bad back pain but not until I got big. I don't like it!!!!

    I took a few days off work and layed on the lounge a lot and it seemed to help. I also used hot wheat packs to relieve it. Today and yesterday I have virtually been pain free... so fingers crossed it stays that way.

    I've looked on about a million websites and researched it a lot (yes I am a bit paranoid, due to a previous early M/C) and it seems that more often than not everyone is saying its "normal"... well, not normal as such, but certainly not uncommon. My Mum had the same thing with her pregnancies.

    My advice to you is to rest up... but if you think its getting worse or you are really worried just go to your GP.

    All the best

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    Hi

    I agree with other posters - it sounds like pelvic instability resulting from extra relaxin hormones.

    I initially had this from about weeks 8-11/12 when I started seeing a physio. I thought it the pain is this bad now, how am I going to cope when I'm carrying 15kg of baby wieght!!

    Physio gave me some exercises to help strengthen my core muscles as well as gave me massage etc to loosen up the surrounding muscles (ie your glutes and back muscles will be tryting to keep you stable now that your joints can not).

    Once i moved into the second trimester the pain eased up and regular visits & exercises have kept things in check.

    Now with 6 weeks to go, getting a bit more pain/stiffness/achiness come back, but still walking around & doing good.

    Point of the story is that hopefully things will get better for you and it won't be like this for the entire time.

    Good luck

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    hi,

    i started getting pain in my left hip at about 7 weeks then one night at 10 weeks it got that bad i couldnt move of the couch i had to wait 2 hours for my husband to come home to move me. the hospital said i had just done muscle damage but i think it is just something that happens to some people it comes and goes now no where near as bad as that night thank god.by the way im 15 weeks now All the best and hope it gets better

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    I had it that early with DD. It was my sacroileac joint because of the relaxin. It was horrendous - far worse than anything else I had throughout pregnancy. It came and went for the duration - at one point when I was five months pregnant my leg gave way under me as I was going down the stairs at home. I fell and whacked my head on the corner of the coffee table. It was horrible.

    I agree with others who have said it's worth checking out - and if there's nothing `wrong', so to speak, you could still get some relief from physio or the like.

    Good luck - it's the most awful pain.

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