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Hip Pain during Pregnancy


Hip pain happens quite commonly to most pregnant women in their late pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. You experience this discomfort because your body is preparing itself for labor. You can feel the strongest soreness and pain on the side where the baby tends to lie in your uterus.

What are the causes of hip pain during pregnancy?

During your pregnancy, your functional system in your pelvis tends to have some changes to prepare for your baby moving through your body during labor. The systematic adjustment starts with the automatic release of the hormones which are responsible for making connective tissue relaxed and softer. Consequently, the joints and ligaments between the bones in your pelvis will begin to loosen and become more flexible, which results in your lower back pain, changes in posture, and a heavier uterus. The soreness or pain in your hip is unavoidable.

Besides, the problem with hip pain can be due to sciatica. This medical term is used to refer to the increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. Your enlarged uterus may put pressure on the two sciatic nerves which run from the lower back to the feet. Therefore, you may feel pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Sciatica is quite normal among pregnant women.

During your second trimester, you may suffer from round ligament pain. It leads to some sense of discomfort in the abdomen, hip, and groin area if you change your position or move quickly.

How to ease hip pain during pregnancy?

Practicing appropriate exercises can do you good because this helps to ease your pain. For example, you can try elevating your hips above your chest level while lying on your back for a couple of minutes. Besides, you may have a warm bath or apply warm compresses to the sore area. The closer you get to your due date, the more uncomfortable you may feel while sleeping. You can reduce the pressure on your hip by sleeping on your side and keeping your legs and knees bent. You can use pillows or blankets to support your abdomen and upper legs if necessary.

When to seek medical attention?

In some cases, your severe hip pain can be an indication of preterm labor – a labor before the 37th week of pregnancy. If so, you may experience pelvic pressure that radiates towards the thighs, abdominal cramping in the lower abdomen, lower backache without relief when changing positions, unexpected contractions every ten minutes, and pink or brown discharge from your vagina. This is when you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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