Stop pelvic pain during pregnancy!
Pregnancy take a real toll on mom's body causing expected and some unexpected pains that women have been told to dismiss as "normal" pains. As if "normal" means the pain or discomfort can't be stopped. Helping women fully enjoy their pregnancy is why I wanted to start this blog about my personal pregnancy experience. Yes, some (okay most) of the changes our bodies go through can cause pain or discomfort; however, there are ways to resolve or lessen these pregnancy pains.
I made it to 29 weeks! This is my second pregnancy, and luckily I've only had few days with an achy back or feet. I was very nauseous the first trimester but my second trimester was smooth sailings. Now that I've entered the third trimester I've started to feel my hip shift when I walk, stand up from a chair, or go up/ down my stairs.
Today, I want to talk about the sharp pelvic pain I feel when stand up after sitting for 30 minutes to 1 hour. I had to sit for an extended period of time the other day for my job in a standard office chair. When I stood up I felt a very intense sharp pain that was coming from the front of my pelvic bone. Simply standing up took my breath away. I was able to walk but with a notable limp. In the below video I talk the simple exercise I did to relieve this pelvic pain.
During my first pregnancy I sat on a stability ball every time I had to sit down for long periods at my job. This pregnancy there isn't a stability ball available and I notice dramatic difference in my back and pelvic pain.
When I get home I quickly find my stability ball to complete these simply exercise. I do not have the time to exercise regularly for 30 minutes to an hour this pregnancy. However, I can find the 5 - 10 minutes to exercise, especially since they allow me to make dinner and enjoy my family. I hope this exercise helps you stay active, healthy and discomfort free.
The exercise: Sit on your stability ball with good up right posture. Both feet firmly on the floor. Then tighten you stomach muscle pulling you pelvis up towards your ribs. (This motion should flatten your back.) Then relax your stomach muscle returning to your starting position.. Try to breath normally during the motion ie don't hold your breath. repeat this motion 10 -20 times or set a timer for 30 seconds.
When you finish the exercise you should have less pain standing and feel more stable while walking. Wouldn't it be nice to find a way to prevent this pain from increasing as your pregnancy progress? Wouldn't it be nice to make it to the end of your pregnancy with the ability to roll out of bed, keep up with your other children without pain? We have speciality physical therapist available help you state active and pain free through-out your pregnancy.
If this exercise increases your pain then you should stop it immediately. If this exercise does not stop you pelvic pain that does not mean that physical therapy cannot help you. You just need a personalized assessment to find what will help you. No women should feel trapped in a painful body for any part of their pregnancy, I would be honored to help you feel better at any point in your pregnancy.
What are your next steps?
1. Set up a phone call to talk directly with Dr. Molly about your situation?
2. Schedule a FREE discovery session to find out through a 20 minute 1-1 consultation and movement assessment if you and Dr. Molly can help you reach your goals.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald