Pregnancy can sometimes be a Pain in the Tailbone

Pregnancy can sometimes be a Pain in the Tailbone

Tailbone pain during pregnancy is more common in the late second and third trimesters; however, it may happen as early as the first trimester.

Pain in the tailbone can be very uncomfortable, especially when pregnant; feeling that painful twinge when you stand up or lean back can make your day stressful! Often a women during pregnancy can feel lower back pain.

For approximately one-third of pregnant women, the aching annoyance becomes a significant pain in the tailbone. The tailbone (coccyx) is at the bottom of your spine, made up of between three and five bones, all connected by cartilage and joints. It helps stabilize you when sitting and works as a point of attachment for the pelvic floor muscles supporting your bladder, bowel, and uterus.

Causes of Tailbone Pain

Tailbone pain can be caused by pelvic ligaments becoming lax. When you are pregnant your body releases a hormone called relaxin. As your growing baby begins to take up more space, they may also be creating pressure right up against your lower back, which can also cause discomfort. Relaxin makes your pelvic ligaments more flexible which aids in making room for the baby to grow and facilitate and easier birthing.

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Ease the discomfort and Pressure off your Tailbone.

Posture Sitting - When sitting, try to sit upright with your feet flat on the floor. Ensure there is a gentle curve in your low back.  Sitting for a long time, especially if you are sitting on your tailbone, can also worsen the pain, so it is important to get up and move around frequently. You can take some pressure off your achy tailbone by using a unique seat cushion. The U-shaped coccyx pillow is the most common option on the market used for tailbone or coccyx pain relief.

Sleeping - Putting a body pillow between your legs while you sleep can help position your knees and hips in a more neutral, comfortable position.

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Constipation - The tailbone and rectum are nearby. Unfortunately, pregnancy hormones can increase the risk of constipation, and iron supplements can slow the digestive system. Drinking lots of water, staying active, and eating high-fibre foods can help keep things moving and prevent pain.

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A Physical Therapist can Help

A physical therapist can help with your tailbone pain. The goal is to reduce muscle tension while preserving muscle strength and correcting the instability that causes the pain. A physical therapist can create a plan for you. This may include stretching and breathing exercises that can help relax the pelvic floor muscles and improve their length.

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