Pelvic Pain Relief During Pregnancy and Postpartum
PELVIC PAIN RELIEF DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
Pelvic pain relief is one of the most important things a woman can ask for while pregnant.
As a baby grows, the developing child pushes on all the organs surrounding the uterus. This can result in pelvic pain during pregnancy and postpartum. Pelvic pain can occur as early as the first trimester as the baby grows little-by-little, increasing the pressure on your uterus, small intestine, bladder, and rectum. However, pelvic pain can also be caused by the hormone relaxin. This hormone softens the pubic symphysis, the cartilage that holds the hip bones together, as your body prepares for childbirth. The resulting gap between the hip bones is often painful.
Once you give birth and transition into the postpartum stages, you may wonder why you’re still experiencing pelvic pain. One possible reason is that the body released too much of the hormone relaxin which can result in the hip bones being allowed too much movement. This abnormally large gap between the hip bones is known as pubic symphysis diastasis and can be very painful. Luckily, a brace or pelvic belt, such as the Original Babybellyband or Babybellyband SPORT band can aid in pelvic pain relief while this issue resolves itself! In other cases, postpartum pelvic pain can be caused by the pelvic floor being damaged or weakened during childbirth.
If you are experiencing pelvic pain either during pregnancy or postpartum, there are some at home remedies you can try to relieve pain. Here are our suggested ways to help you feel like your normal self.
TO RELIEVE PELVIC PAIN DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM
Take Warm Baths
Warm baths or hot showers directed on your lower back can help loosen your muscles and relieve some of the pressure you’re feeling.
Use a Pregnancy Support Band
Pregnancy support bands, such as our BabyBellyBand Abdominal Band, can help alleviate abdominal and ligament pain, as well as hip discomfort during and after pregnancy. For even more support, you can add on our versatile Compression Therapy Groin Bands or simply purchase Babybellyband’s Pelvic Wellness Kit!
Practice Pelvic Floor Exercises
There are many exercise programs focusing on the pelvic area that are specifically designed for pregnant and postpartum women. You can join a local pregnancy fitness class or try an online pelvic fitness program that you can do right at home. This program or this video series can act as a guide to get you started!
Get a Prenatal Massage
A massage while pregnant can be one of the most relaxing things, especially if you’re suffering from the many aches and pains that pregnancy often brings. A prenatal massage therapist can help increase lymph circulation to reduce swelling, relieve muscle cramps, and minimize the stress put on weight-bearing joints.
Pelvic Physical Therapy
Going to pelvic physical therapy will benefit you in more ways than you may think. First and foremost, it is always beneficial to get a professional opinion on extreme aches and pains you may be experiencing. Additionally, pelvic physical therapy can help with abdominal pain, bladder problems, and painful sex. You can find a Pelvic Floor Specialist in your area with this new global search.
Wearing a Support Band
A support band, such as the Babybellyband, can help to stabilize your hips and reduce any lingering back pain so you can get back to active!