Pelvic Pain Causes During Pregnancy

Pelvic Pain Causes During Pregnancy

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is very common.  More than twenty percent of pregnant women are affected by hip pain during pregnancy.  The hip pain can affect the side or back of the hips, or the pelvic girdle area. The pain can be sudden or dull, either lasting for a long time or coming on suddenly.  Usually hip pain is not a sign of complication. If you experience lower abdominal pain that doesn’t go away, spotting, or labor like feelings of back pain moving to the front of your abdomen you will want to reach out to your doctor to make sure preterm labor isn’t happening.  

There are some main causes of hip pain during pregnancy.  

One of the main causes in that your body produces more of the hormone relaxin.  Relaxin increases during your pregnancy and relaxes the tissues that connect your muscles to your bones.  Though this helps make labor easier, it can cause hip and joint pain.  

Another cause of hip pain is the weight you gain.  Weight gain during pregnancy is of course normal. But gaining the weight your body isn’t used to can put stress on your joints and muscles.  Weight gain during pregnancy can vary from eleven pounds to forty pounds. Normal weight gain your doctor will want you to gain is twenty-five to thirty-five pounds for a single baby pregnancy.  If you have questions about how much weight you have gained speak with your doctor. Do not try and lose weight during pregnancy unless otherwise discussed with your doctor. 

Weight gain can cause you to have poor posture.  And poor posture can cause you have hip pain. If your baby settles to more than one side of the uterus than the other it can also cause your posture to change putting stress on your body.  If you have other tiny children that you are lifting or carrying on a hip this can also cause you to have poor posture. Make sure you wear supportive shoes throughout your whole pregnancy. Make sure you get up and walk around as much as you can and try not to sit too long.

A more uncommon cause of hip pain is transient osteoporosis.  This is usually caused by low calcium or potassium levels. Transient osteoporosis is when the hip bones start to wear down.  This can start in the second or third trimester. It can right itself after pregnancy. In rare cases it can lead to bone fractures. 

How you sleep can also affect your hip pain.  Once you get far enough along in your pregnancy the amount of sleeping positions decreases to mostly sleeping on your side.  Sadly only being able to sleep on your side can cause you to have hip pain. Make sure you keep your legs bent with a pillow between your knees when you are sleeping.  You can always invest in a pregnancy pillow that allows full body support. 

If you are having your second pregnancy it seems that hip pain happens more likely.  Along with a second pregnancy if you are carrying a large baby,