Hip Problems During Pregnancy

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Hip pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with if you are experiencing it. Fortunately, identifying the pain and understanding some of the causes can help you to learn how to manage your hip pain. Take it easy, and you’ll be feeling much better.


Symptoms

Hip pain during pregnancy can be anything from a dull ache to a shooting pain when you move. It may be constant, or it may happen only at certain times of the day, such as in the morning or after you’ve been walking around.

Causes

A general persistent achiness is usually a result of the added strain on your body from your growing baby. You’re likely to notice it more after you’ve been standing or walking for awhile, as gravity increases the pressure. Sometimes, your baby may be pressing on the sciatic nerve, which causes numbness in your buttocks, hips or pelvic region — a condition called sciatica. If you formerly slept on your back or stomach and must now sleep on your side, this can cause you pain in the morning, since you can’t get into your most comfortable positions.

Relief

Taking acetaminophen — if your doctor allows it — may offer you some relief in your hip pain. Heat and ice offer a more natural solution — use heat if the muscles are sore from use and ice if there is swelling. Topical creams are not a good solution, as the chemicals seep into your skin. If your pain occurs mostly after sleeping, try placing a pillow between your legs as you sleep to put less strain on your hips. An elastic pregnancy belt can also release some of the pressure from your hips. Rest whenever possible.

Talking to Your Doctor

Keep a diary of when the hip pain occurs and what type of pain you’re experiencing. You can relay this information to your doctor so that she can make suggestions for you. In most cases, the only cure is birth, but your pain may be indicative of something more serious.

After the Pregnancy

Your hip pain will most likely go away after you give birth, but if it doesn’t, mention this to your doctor.

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