For about 2 months now I have been sore in the pelvic area and as the weeks have went on it has steadily got worse.
I absolutely hate being in pain (as does anyone) but with that plus being a hormonal pregnant person I’ve been angry and upset – all the time!
I was also feeling like I shouldn’t be in pain and I shouldn’t complain or make any fuss because I’m pregnant and I don’t want people thinking “ugh you’re only pregnant, get over it”.
Finally I mentioned to my midwife and what a relief it was! Within 5 days I was attending the hospital for a physio appointment.
I was really nervous about it but had a huge sense of relief and was excited to see if there was anything I could do to help with the pain.
Please bear the following in mind:
- I have a high pain thresh hold
- I’ve cried quite a few times as soon as I’ve gotten home due to the pain
- I’m at the point where I am in constant pain; sitting, standing, walking – EVERYTHING
So at physio there were 5 of us in total, all pregnant, all at different stages (although I was furthest along) and all in pain!
The Nurse asked us all lots of different questions such as;
- Where is the pain?
- Pubic bone
- Inner thighs
- Lower abdomen
- Left hip
- When do you get the pain?
- on the bus
- nothing really stops the pain
(please note those are my answers)
She then went on to tell us how Pelvic Girdle Pain affects 1 in 5 pregnancies and it’s basically the loosening of the pelvic ligament – that’s why they do 2 group classes every week and then if the pain doesn’t ease we will then get a one to one.
The nurse went through how to sit properly, how to sleep to help ease the pain and we also tried out birthing balls.
Birthing balls are amazing! I haven’t felt that comfortable in ages.
The nurse was great, she explained so much and put us all at ease – we all spoke about our frustrations and it was great to hear from others that I was not alone!
I spoke to the nurse briefly afterwards and I’m to phone back on Tuesday and get a 1:1 assessment as baby is lying low and the majority of exercises we were shown did not help me with the pain. This could be because of how far I am along I am now.
I shall keep you all posted!
Please remember: this is based on my experience with Pelvic Girdle Pain, it affects everyone in different ways. Should you feel any pain and are concerned please talk to your midwife and seek advice from them.