Women who are in their second trimester of pregnancy will notice that their abdomen is starting to show and people around are noticing their baby bump. Clothes will start to feel tighter and these soon-to-be moms will feel out of shape as they put on excess weight. They will also start experiencing back pains as well as hip and pelvic pains. As pregnancy progresses, these body aches may become more uncomfortable but with a few exercises and useful tips, you can look forward to a healthy pregnancy.
Causes of Hip Pain During Pregnancy
There are several factors that cause hip pain when a woman is pregnant. During this delicate period, a hormone called relaxin is released and helps prepare your body for childbirth. It makes the pelvic area become more flexible by relaxing the ligaments, which are involved in the process of birth. Other factors that lead to hip pain in pregnancy includes:
excessive weight gain
stretching of the hip and abdominal muscles (18th-24th weeks)
nerve compression by the growing uterus (may also cause pain on the thighs)
side sleeping position during pregnancy
Hip and pelvic pain can be severe enough for some women to cause trouble sleeping, which can cause a lot of discomfort and stress during the day. Some women try sleeping on their side with a long body pillow on each side to elevate one leg at a time. However, if this is not enough, others sleep on a recliner, especially in the later stages of pregnancy to gain more control in body positioning.
Another factor to consider is the firmness of the mattress you are using for sleeping. If it is too firm you can try using an “egg crate” pad made of foam rubber to make it softer. If you can afford to buy a new mattress, choose one which is more comfortable.
How to Relieve Hip Pain During Pregnancy
1. Use a Pillow. Even during sleep your body needs good posture and proper support to relieve hip pain. Support your pelvic joints by using a special pregnancy pillow that conforms to your body shape to supports your lower body.
2. Schedule a prenatal massage. Ask a trained massage therapist to give you a prenatal massage. This can reduce hip pain as well as other body aches, relax your muscles and relieve sore spots. The prenatal massage therapist will apply techniques that are suitable to your stage of pregnancy.
3. Try out Yoga or Pilates. Enroll in a special pregnancy exercise class using Pilates or yoga to relieve hip and back pain. Instructors of these special...