Other than first trimester yuck, my most persistent pregnancy symptom thus far has been lower back pain. Particularly SI joint pain, particularly on the right side!
This week, I described my hips, back and pelvis to my yoga teacher like this:
“If my body were held together by screws, I would guess that every one of them is loose right now”
I feel like my whole skeleton might crumble to the ground with just one step sometimes! Getting up from the ground, out of bed or up from a chair isn’t hard on my muscles or strength, but I feel like if I’m not careful and slow, something holding me together might rip apart. In our yoga classes, Jen emphasizes keeping the hips square whenever possible – such as getting out of bed with both legs swung over the side instead of the usual leaps that I do! I have a tendency to want to get from point A to point B as swiftly as possible in life!
Jen says that right about now – 25 to 27 weeks – the hormone relaxin that is responsible for relaxing ligaments and allowing the pelvis to open up during birth – is going through somewhat of a growth spurt. She said my loose screws should calm down in a couple of weeks and I’ll feel normal again.
Such a strange cycle!
I have noticed that I am more flexible in general now, and my squat depth has definitely improved since I have been pregnant. Probably a combination of yoga and hormones.
Since I started having the SI joint pain early on, I’ve been seeing Dr. Tate regularly for chiropractic adjustments.
My hips are usually pretttty even. At my appointments (about every 2-3 weeks), he does a few SI stretches on the joint that make me feel immediately better.
I recently suspected that the pain could be caused by my Snoogle body pillow since I was only getting pain on the right side and sleep with my pillow on the left (and therefore my right leg draped over it). However, I’ve since been experimenting with the pillow on both sides and nothing has changed except that I’m sleeping worse!
The pain has been on and off. I’ve had weeks when it felt great (at 23 weeks it was great) and suddenly it’s worse again. I think I’m going to blame the hormone rather than something I’m doing.
One last line of defense: I went to see Cindy Janechild, who is known in the prenatal yoga community as a miracle worker for pelvises. She does different manual therapies of the body (including Zero Balance therapy and CranioSacral Therapy) to put the pelvis into proper alignment for labor and help with ailments like my back pain. She wasn’t covered by my insurance (chiropractic is) but I really enjoyed my visit with her. She spent about an hour teaching me about the anatomy of my pelvis and lower back and showing me stretches to do to keep my pelvis neutral and body limber. The best part, though, was the pressure and massage she did. I left feeling straight and even – although loosey goosey for sure! I may go back and see her again if my loose screws and pains don’t get any better in the next few weeks.
I suppose this post was more of a journal than informational, but the message is that I’m surprised how much pregnancy has affected parts of my body other than my uterus. The aches and pains are no joke! But at the same time, it’s also a period of life to take it easy in general, so it’s not like I’m having back pain and trying to do some of the harder physical things I used to – like run a half marathon. My hope through the physical treatments is to get my body as prepared for pushing out a baby as possible. Despite the loose screws, so far, so good.
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