Baby sitting on a nerve??

@stacy624 (2777)
Canada
May 13, 2007 9:41pm CST
I'm 26 weeks pregnant and for the last 2 days I have had a lot of pain at the side of my right side back. It comes and goes for yesterday I have it for hours and finally went away but is back again. Does or has anyone else experienced this? I just know I get in a lot of pain when it does come which makes its very difficult to walk. Any ideas how to get it to go when it does start to happen? Thank you for reading my post Stacy
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
14 May 07
Check with your OB/GN but it does sound like the baby is putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. I had this the worst around that time with my last pregnancy. Mine would be especially bad at night and kept me from sleeping sometimes. There's not much )that I know of) that you can do about it though. You can try different positions to try to get the baby to move off of the nerve. I've heard that pregnancy yoga can help. I would just alternate between heat and ice to deal with the pain when it got to be a problem for me. One thing to remember is that even though it hurts (a lot) to walk, it's best to keep moving anyway. That will help keep the baby off the nerve to begin with and the better shape you're in the easier the end of the pregnancy will be. (But make sure you talk to your doctor! He/she knows you much better than I do.)
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
14 May 07
Thank you so much I will for sure bring this up see what he says! But man oh man its ugly! This is baby number 8 for me and I haven't had this before =( Thank you again for your help Stacy
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
14 May 07
It was baby #6 with me and with the others it wasn't much a big deal. Makes me think it's because the more babies you have the more room they have to move around usually! Hope you feel better soon!
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
30 May 07
Thank you so much Foxyfire....=) Stacy
@superchook (1786)
• Australia
14 May 07
With my first son, he decided to lay side ways. I was in so much pain with it that I got my husband to take me to the hospital, they said because of the baby was sideways, he was laying on my broad ligament. There was nothing they could do, I just had to wait for the baby to change positions. He did this on and off until he was too big to turn around. Or it might be like what foxyfire33 said and the baby is setting of the sciatic nerve. I had that through most of my last pregnancy and still have problems on and off now. I hope whatever it is, it will stop happening. Good luck with everything.
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
30 May 07
Thank you so much, I am not going to miss this part at all.....=) Thank you so much for your reply Stacy
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
14 May 07
I had this problem and when I sleep on my back she always ends up on that nerve. I try not to sleep on my back but its so hard sometimes. When the pain starts the only thing that stops it is if I sit in a tub of warm water. For the most part at least she tries to stay on the other side of my stomach and has giving me some extra stretch marks but I will take those over the pain.
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
30 May 07
Thanks so much for your Response Stacy
• United States
19 May 07
If it is sciatica you probably also get some pain down one leg or another (or even both). My dr. told me that a chiropractor that has experience with pregnancy may be able to help. I had sciatica before I ever got pregnant due to a car accident years ago. My first pregnancy they kept telling me I might develop sciatica and I asked them how I'd ever know. A tennis ball rolled on the lower back with a little pressure behind it helps a lot. A hot, wet towel or hot shower/bath can help a lot too. Don't sit in one place too long and if you start having pain while walking try to find a place to sit or lay down(better since it's off the nerve). A sock filled with dry pinto beans can help some too if it's put in the microwave for about 30 seconds. You can use it the same as a tennis ball and it holds the heat so you get a heated massage.When laying down lay on your side so the baby won't be pressing on the nerve. Put a pillow at the small of your back and one in between your knees/thighs. This helped me so much the first time around. I'm hoping it will help me with my current pregnancy.LOL!
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