Women, especially those who become mothers, are the real heroes in this world of ours. Women’s bodies go through so much as it is. The biggest physical accomplishment is often seen as being able to become pregnant, carry this other human, eventually give birth, and become a parent. They say, seeing your child and holding them for the first time is unlike anything else you have ever felt in your life.
When a woman becomes pregnant, they experience many changes throughout their body. Women tend to become hormonal, and gain weight, and other parts of our body will change. Unfortunately, being pregnant also comes with its imperfections.
Hip pain during pregnancy is a common symptom that women experience. Since another human being is growing inside, you have to carry around more weight. The weight of your baby, can cause injuries, as now your ligaments are not as strong as they once were, and are subject to more of a work load.
In the third trimester, your body is preparing itself for labor and birth. During pregnancy, your body is constantly changing, making room for this baby that is growing inside you. In other words, a women’s body naturally has to become more flexible to accommodate the baby growing inside of them. As a result, soreness and pain occurs most often in the back and hips. Pain is often felt strongly on the side where the baby tends to position itself in your uterus.
During pregnancy, the body releases a vital pregnancy hormone called relaxin, which is mainly responsible for relaxing the connective tissue and muscles in the uterus and pelvis. Therefore, as a result of the relaxin hormone being secreted, the joints and ligaments between the bones in your pelvis will begin to loosen. Increasing flexibility in these bones is imperative for allowing the baby to move through a women’s body during labor. Lower back pain, as well as changes in posture, and a heavier uterus may also contribute to the soreness you feel.
As you get closer to your due date, the baby will drastically change position in your uterus. This can help reduce discomfort and pain off your hips and sciatic nerve, which is the nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet. If you are experiencing chronic pain in your hips or back during your pregnancy, it is important to inform your doctor, as if untreated other minor or more serious complications can occur. They can help give you the right form of treatment to relieve your pain.
To learn more about how pregnancy can cause hip pain, and treatment options, call Orthopaedic Associates at (440) 892-1440 to request an appointment.