Hip and Joint Problems after giving Birth?

June 30, 2008 2:46pm CST
Do you have problems with your hips and joints after giving birth? I did - it was horrible! After a perfectly normal pregnancy and birth I spent the next 10 months in chronic pain and was generally uncomfortable. I was battling to walk upstairs and if I spent too long sitting on the sofa when I stood I would have to wait for my hip joints to loosen up before walking. Very painful and uncomfortable. I saw everyone from physio's to Osteopaths. I even thought perhaps it was the onset of arthritis. They all told me to do exercises and not to worry, it was just the relaxin leaving my body - 10 months later! Finally nearly 10 months later I saw a Chropractor who took one look at me and told me that my pelvis was misaligned. It didn't take him long to get it sorted out, but because it had been out for so long it took a while before the fix held. After that I was much better until I fell pregnant again - twins this time around! Straight away the hips started playing me up and I ended up with a nasty hip condition which can result in you spending most of your time on crutches or in extreme cases in a wheelchair. I was lucky - I had an aupair who took over everything and wouldn't let me do ANYTHING! I mean ANYTHING! In the end all turned out alright and after a few more sessions with a chiroprator post birth my hips are 90% normal today (thank goodness)... but I do wonder what will happen when we have to live in a house with stairs??? Do you have similar problems with your hips after giving birth? What was your experience with regards your hips/joints? Violetdreams
4 responses
28 Jul 08
hi, my name is megan and i gave birth to my 3rd son about 10 1/2 months ago naturally, I never had any problems during any of my pregnancys or after birth until after this one since i gave birth naturally i felt everything and i remember having excrutiating pain in my hips and lower back it was soooo bad i remember it like yesterday it was worse than the contractions and everything else put together i couldn't bare it i thought i was going to go into shock it was so bad after going home with my new baby boy i couldn't walk or even stand for more than five minutes i couldn't even sit up in bed for to long cause the pain my poor husband had to do everything for me its a good thing he stayed home with me then, that went on for about 4 months as the pain gradually went away and as i could use my legs more and walk around my hips started popping in and out of place and making very loud popping noises that even my husband noticed and to this day there is still no improvement in the popping if anyone has any idea what may have happened and how it can be fixed please let me know. also i have not seen a doc. about it and i have no more pain.
• United States
18 Jan 11
hi my name is aziza and i gavin birth my 1st baby 5 month ago naturally i had pervect pregnancy.after birth still antil this is time i have hip problem i codnt move with out medicen my doc told me the problem is beacus of the baby was big my baby she was 7.50 bond only did you have any any advis? pleas
• United States
2 Jul 08
I know exactly what you are talking about! My hips hurt almost all the time. I go to a chiro too. I went while I was pregnant too. She had to stop adjusting my hips in the last trimester though. My daughter is now 2 and I still hurt. I ice them all the time. My husband will rub them when they get too bad to lay on that side. I am going to talk to my doctor when I go later this year. Maybe she can suggest something.
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I didn't have any of that after birth. Just the usual pregnancy aches and pains. I consider myseldf really lucky after hearing your story. The kids are worth it though.
@gemini_rose (16193)
30 Jun 08
When I was pregnant with my fourth child I had this and it was agony, I had to wear a big elasticated tubigrip, so unflattering! It never did anything anyway, they wanted me to go to physio, but I refused and I just did some exercises at home and after the birth it went away on its own.