25 Weeks: Loosey Goosey

May 25, 2012

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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.

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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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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

Whenever I’m down for the count during pregnanc because of my body my hubs always says I should rest for my womb’s sake (funny to hear those words from a husband, right?), but I have to respond that it’s not the actual womb that kills, it’s EVERYTHING else. haha

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2 Alicia @culinarybliss May 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

My midwife said she constantly felt like everything was ‘under construction’ and that felt very true to me!
The hip stretching kiiiiiilled me! It hurt for me going back down, too :(

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3 lauri May 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

I always felt like my pelvic bone was going to crack, and the pain was off and on. Definitely much worse at night after walking all day. But it never cracked :)

What has surprised me the most is that I STILL have some issues w/ carpal tunnel in my right hand, and I was told this is a pregnancy symptom 100%! The aches and pains that go beyond the uterus are crazy!
(Totally worth it though, of course!)

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4 Rachelle May 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

I would be insanely interested to know what stretches they recommended!!!

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5 KERF May 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

This site has a list of things to do regularly for good hip/pelvic stretches and 3 of them were what my doula showed us how to do: http://spinningbabies.com/more-info/for-pregnancy/daily-activities

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6 Rachelle May 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks so much Kath!! I caught them on your last post too. I have to say I’ve been trying them and they help!!!!

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7 Jessie @ Graze With Me May 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

I remember I had a lot of low back pain right around wks 15-25 ish. But I’m fairly certain mine was from standing “belly out” & I think by trying too hard to look pregnant, my spine suffered.

My baby was also sunny side up & by having her hard head against my tailbone I suffered a lot. Labor was all in that area & not single contraction was felt in my belly (21 hrs of labor), it just felt like my low spine was about to explode into a million pieces. In fact, 8 months later, I still have what I would consider a bruised tailbone.

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8 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

I was listening about the relaxin thing on a Pregtastic episode and it sounds like it is no joke- it can cause your body to be ‘loosey goosey’ for sure! ….My body is always telling me to slow down and take care while it is changing to grow the baby.

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9 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength May 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

Loosey goosey is a great way to explain it! I actually dislocated my shoulder when I was making the bed during pregnant!!! SO crazy!

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10 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Relaxin is so powerful. I remember literally feeling things sreadinggggg some days. I hope you get some relief from your aches and pains!

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11 Sarah @ Williamsburg Baby May 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Yes! I’ve found it a little frustrating that I have what I can only describe as ‘bone pain’ in my pelvis, and it makes walking more than about 20 minutes really uncomfortable. Which is frustrating because I want to be in peak shape for childbirth but my body seems to be resisting even very moderate excercise at the moment and is telling me to chill out and rest. But it seems like if I start to go to mush labor will be that much more difficult, and that’s no good.

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12 Abby May 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hey Kath – I read your blog all the time (both KERF and now BabyKERF) and this is the first time I’m commenting. My sister had really bad lower back pain during pregnancy and her friend gave her the book 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back by Esther Gokhale. She said it was the best thing she ever tried and pretty much eliminated her back pain. I haven’t been pregnant but I would give it a try (my sister is one tough cookie and she loved it!)

P.S. I’m so happy you are documenting your pregnancy! My hubby and I are tying to get pregnant so this has been a great blog! Congrats on 25 weeks!

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13 Amanda May 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

This doesn’t sound like what you are experiencing, but when I was pregnant I had SPD (my pelvic bones started separating too much). It isn’t that uncommon, and it really hurts. Like you can’t roll over in bed, lift your leg to put your underwear on, walk without pain, etc. And it can be made much worse by yoga, squatting and stretching (all of which are often recommended to pregnant women). I just think it is important to keep in mind that yoga and more stretching are definitely not always a cure, and can sometimes do more harm than good. (I figure even if this doesn’t apply to you, it might apply to one of your pregnant readers).

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14 Clare May 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I was going to mention SPD too. Might be worth a mention to your healthcare peeps as it can get really bothersome for some women (even after baby is born).

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15 Erin Motz May 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

My hips have always been suuuuper flexible and strong. I’ve heard almost every pregnant woman I’ve met say their hips get way bendy while they’re pregnant… I wonder if mine will get even MORE flexy, or if I won’t notice a diff. Interesting!

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16 Angel7 May 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I have intermittent lower back discomfort occasionally, but nothing too painful that does not subside eventually. I am very thankful that the discomfort has not been ongoing.

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17 Marie May 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

let me just say this – it’s a good idea to have this all checked before you give birth, and get familiar with this part of your body and what it will go through during labor because I had no clue and to this day (baby is now 20 months) I still have issues with my pelvic bones occasionally (was much more intense for the first few months after birth…) I was all scared of a tear (didn’t have any thanks to my Epi-no) but had no clue I could do something to my bones or ligaments!! I’m actually finally looking into a chiropractor this week – I tend to let things go for too long before dealing with them, lol.

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18 Diane May 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

Sorry you are having so much pelvic pain. Also be aware that relaxin stays in the body for a while even after you have the baby. So be very careful the first few times you try to run/exercise after baby KERF is born. Everything still can feel loosy goosy for a while and you are more prone to injury. I honestly don’t know how some women run and exercise the same during pregnancy, I never felt like I could.

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