Hip Injury Before Pregnancy

QUESTION

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.

ANSWER

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.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.