Is it normal for your coccyx to hurt during pregnancy?
Coccyx pain or ‘coccydynia’ is a rare condition that affects women five times more than men. During pregnancy your posture is altered and your pelvis tilts forwards due to the growing weight of baby. This additional weight can tilt your pelvis forwards which can pull on your coccyx.
What is the fastest way to relieve tailbone pain?
Lean forward while sitting down. Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion. Apply heat or ice to the affected area. Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin.
Can the baby break your tailbone during pregnancy?
During childbirth, pressure from the baby’s head can fracture the coccyx, or tailbone. A fractured coccyx can be quite painful and symptoms can take months to subside.
How long does it take to relieve tailbone pain?
A tailbone injury can be very painful and slow to heal. Healing time for an injured tailbone depends on the severity of the injury. If you have a fracture, healing can take between 8 to 12 weeks. If your tailbone injury is a bruise, healing takes about 4 weeks.
When should I go to the doctor for tailbone pain?
You should call your doctor immediately if you have pain in the tailbone and any of the following other symptoms: A sudden increase in swelling or pain. Constipation that lasts a long time. Sudden numbness, weakness, or tingling in either or both legs.
Why does my tailbone hurt after pregnancy?
During childbirth, the ligaments around the coccyx are strained from pushing. This can lead to pain in the coccyx area making it difficult to sit down comfortably. Most women find standing up from sitting uncomfortable and find that moving around helps.
How should I sleep with tailbone pain?
To lessen the pain of a broken or bruised tailbone, consider sleeping:
- on a firm mattress.
- on your side with a pillow between your knees.
- on your back with a pillow under your knees.
Is walking good for tailbone pain?
Standing or walking should relieve the pressure on your tailbone and ease discomfort.
What bones can you break during childbirth?
While any bone can break during birth, the most common breaks include clavicles or collarbones. Other broken bones may include those in the leg, foot, skull, cervical spine, arm, and elsewhere in the body.
Can baby position cause pain?
Yes, many women experience some pain or discomfort when their baby moves. If it only happens when your baby’s moving, it’s unlikely to be a sign that anything is wrong. If the pain doesn’t go away when your baby stops moving, if it’s severe, or if you have any other symptoms, call your GP or midwife straight away.
How can I pop my tailbone?
Lower back rotation
- Lie on your back.
- Raise your knees up so they’re bent.
- Keeping your shoulders still, move your hips to one side so that the knee on that side is touching the ground.
- Hold this position for ten seconds.
- Slowly return your knees to their previous position.
- Repeat in the other direction.