Hip Injury Before Pregnancy

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I joined the military and came back from training with hip fractures that healed, but now am having problems with my hips.

I can no longer lay down let alone sit at all. My hips have been hurting to the point where I can't move my legs on my own, I have to physically pick them up to move them if I'm doing anything else besides just walking on a flat surface.

I mentioned it to my doctors and they just said to get a maternity belt and see if that helps. I tried that and it still didn't help. I have tried sleeping and sitting on a pillow and I have tried just about everything.

What can I do to get some relief and sleep? I haven't slept in the past two days because the pain in unbearable. I am due in 11 weeks.


You may need some help from your doctor to sleep if the pain is that bad, so it is worth having another conversation about it. Or if you are trying to avoid giving your baby narcotics before it is even born, you might try Benadryl, which helps many pregnant women to sleep in these situations; you can get it over the counter.

Other options are Physical Therapy or Chiropractic, which can sometimes help enough so that you feel better for the rest of your pregnancy.

Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.