Pillows to Ease Third Trimester Pains

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QUESTION

Hi. I'm 35 weeks into my pregnancy and have been experiencing sharp stabbing pains in my vagina and cramping that comes and goes every five minutes or so. It does not happen all the time; mainly when I get into bed. These pains break me out into a sweat and make me feel sick.

Is this normal?

ANSWER

There are ligaments that attach to the bones in your vagina, and when you are in bed, you may very well be in a position so that you stretch them and cause them to spasm. By this point in the pregnancy, I recommend 4 pillows:

  1. One for your head
  2. One under your tummy
  3. One between your legs (preferably folded in half so that your top leg is parallel to the mattress)
  4. One wedged behind your back (so that you can lie on a tilt without having to hold yourself on your side)

Usually getting all wedged in there between the 4 pillows takes the pressure off the ligaments and allows you to relax and get some sleep -- which you need!

Good luck!
~Cynthia

Comments

yea im only have three and half weeks left of my pregnacy...i get pains when i get out of bed in my lower part of the belly right above the vigina...my doctor says its normal...that its the muscles in the stomach trying to stretch...i would rub and rub the slowly get out but it would still hurt...then i heard that there are in some cases you can be having braxton hicks contractions which are normal getting closer into the end of your labor... just relax take it slow and instead of standing straight up or pulling your self up try leaning to one side then lean to the other to relax your muscles the stand straight up...i hope this helps...^_^