Pelvic posture and tension?

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Pelvic posture and tension?

I saw the head midwife today at my appointment.

Everything is fine, it was GBS swab time, so as long as I was going to be half naked anyway, I asked her about pelviemetry. My last OB (the one with my son) kept harping on and on about how I have a "narrow pubic arch" and she was concerned about my ability to birth vaginally (hmmm...wonder why I ended up with a c-section?)

Anyway. I jsut wanted someone ELSE's opinion on it, so I asked her to let me know what she thought (not a cervical check). So, she did the manual pelviemetry and said that while I do have a slightly narrow pubic arch, my sacral promontory is nice and deep and it shouldnt e an issue (btw, that HURTS when they go that far in)

She DID say, though, that I have a LOT of pelvic tension and that she could feel some very tight muscles/tendons/ligaments and gave me some exercises to do and instructed me to hold my posture differently for the remainder of the pregnancy.

She also suggested that I see a DIFFERENT webster-trained chiro, as the one Im seeing really isnt doing Webster at all, so I made that appointment for Monday after work.

Has anybody else had this issue? Any suggestions on how to help the pelvis "relax"?

I've been trying to sit and stand the way she told me to and at yoga and in the pool, I concentrated on it, but I have no idea and when I put Brayden to bed tonight, I about died from the pelvic pain just from lying down/trying to get up (been having a hard time doing those 2 things and walking for the last couple of weeks).

help?

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Hmm, I've never had that issue, but I'm curious... What sort of posture tips did she give you?

Hopefully, the chiro will be able to lessen some of the tension!

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This isn't something I have much experience with either, although I do have hip/pelvis issues due to a car accident & have found a lot of relief with accupunture & chiro visits. I would think an experienced chiro could help answer some of your questions & possibly help with posture/relaxation. Sorry it's causing you so much pain, pregnancy is good at making us sore all on it's own without the added help.

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OMG OW.

Ok, so as an update, ever since I started walking/standing/sitting like the MW told me to, the "falling apart" pain has morphed into significant pubic symphysis pain. As in, I couldnt turn over in bed without crying last night at all.

That just MIGHT have something to do with it. No appt with the new chiro until Monday and Im booked today so I cant get in with the old one today either.

Friggin OW!

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It is pretty common to get even more sore when you consciously start working on your posture because the ligaments, tendons, muscles are all working and flexing differently than they were before. No fun!

Hopefully the chiro will be able to work some magic on Monday!

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"kris_w" wrote:

It is pretty common to get even more sore when you consciously start working on your posture because the ligaments, tendons, muscles are all working and flexing differently than they were before. No fun!

Ditto this! It shows that what you're doing, is working. Take a warm shower, maybe ask DH for a light massage, but keep it up.

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I get being sore, but is it really supposed to create firey stabbing pain in one specific spot?

I wasnt thinking SPD before this, but it sure feels like it. My right leg movement is majorly limited by pain now. Cant stand on it alone, cant move it very far, cant use it as leverage to push or pull AT ALL, etc because of the firey pain right on the right side of the symphysis pubis. It's the same side that I HAD sciatica on but I dont have THAT problem now.

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Oh Star, I'm so sorry! Sad That sounds really painful & it does sound like it could be SPD. I know your pretty close to having the baby, but I wonder if it would be worth finding a physiotherapist who has experience with SPD, or a chiro even & also talking to your midwife about it.

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I do have an appointment with a different Webster trained chiro on Monday afternoon at 6. the one Ive been using hasnt been doing anything different than normal adjustments except that he switched from the "push on the back" kind to using the activator thingy (which does NOTHING). I've TOLD him that my pelvis is out of whack and that I think my ligaments are spasming and stuff, but he has done NOTHING like the chiro I went to last time for Webster. NO soft tissue stuff at all. I wish she was nearby, she was awesome.

This new one is 45 minutes away, but reportedly DOES do all that good stuff, so we'll see.

DH made me take a HOT bath tonight and it has helped some so far (not deep, just HOT to help relax my pelvis) and he also carried our big cushy recliner upstairs so that I can try sleeping in it instead of the bed, which is INCREDIBLY painful.

We'll see how that goes.

I love my DH. He's Dirol

Star

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Gotta love it when DH's anticipate our needs...most of the time they're totally in the dark about what to do.

Hope the bath helped!

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That sounds so painful--I had a couple days last week where I literally couldn't walk, so I completely hear you, but mine seems to have eased up for now. I really hope your appointment with the new chiro today makes a difference!!

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I've never heard of issues with needing your pelvis to "relax"... that's a new one on me...

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So sorry you're in so much pain, Star! I hope the new chiro helps you, and I also ditto what kris and stacey said. Feel better!

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The new chiro says that my pelvic bones are so loose due to the relaxin that they're literally falling out of place. The thing that hurts is when they get locked out of place. Specifically, the right side of my pelvis in the back is coming forward and locking in place in front of the sacrum. This in turn is pushing that entire side of my pelvis to rotate and be more "forward" than it should be, which is also causing the pubic symphysis to go out of alignment, which is causing the pain.

I guess the muscles are spasming because of all this.

She's been fixing it, but the fix doesnt last for more than a day or so at a time.

Luckily, she'll do housecalls and/or come to the hospital in labor if needed.

Star

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That sounds just aweful... I'm glad they're doing what they can to make sure that you feel better!

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Weird question, but are you athletic/do you work out?

My midwife was amazed when she tried to give me my first check at my 39 week appointment ~ she tried to do it but was unable to reach my cervix......she told me to do some deep breathing/relax my pelvic floor and then she was finally able to reach my cervix to find that I was a few centimeters dilated ~ she said that my pelvic floor/muscles were so tight that they were literally stopping her from reaching them initially. She told me that she had never felt someone who had already had two babies have so much muscle control/strength in that area ~ I really think that it was due to all of the working out/lifting etc that I do ~ those muscles are just like any other!

Random thought, I'm just curious as I have never heard of someone else dealing with pelvic tension etc.

Best of luck to you with your upcoming birth~!!!!