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Doctor insights on: Are Pelvic Ligaments Relaxed By Relaxin During Pregnancy

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Does relaxin loosen all muscles / ligaments and bones in body during pregnancy as well as the pelvic area ? Thanks

Does relaxin loosen all muscles / ligaments and bones in body during pregnancy as well as the pelvic area ? Thanks

Yes: though of course it is evolutionarily programmed to help you through childbirth by working specifically on the pelvic ligaments. However, you are probably at increased risk for sprains etc. during this time period, both for this reason and because your balance may be somewhat off. So be careful! I would certainly avoid backbends specifically and use extra care in any exercise regimen. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What can I expect to happen during pelvic exams during pregnancy?

What can I expect to happen during pelvic exams during pregnancy?

Typical exam: There is typically a normal pelvic exam during the initial visit, with pap smear, cultures for infection, and a bimanual exam to evaluate the size of the uterus and pelvis. Physicians will usually do pelvic exams (bimanual only) from 37 weeks on to check the cervix, but this isn't required, especially if you aren't contracting yet. Other exams may be indicated if you are having problems. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your pelvis begins to hurt during pregnancy ?

What does it mean when your pelvis begins to hurt during pregnancy ?

Many reasons: It depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Pelvic pain could be due to a variety of different reasons (infection, preterm contractions, round ligament pain, etc.). Any significant type of pain during pregnancy should warrant an assessment by your physician. ...Read more

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How long do u have to wait until right above your pelvis start to get hard during pregnancy?

How long do u have to wait until right above your pelvis start to get hard during pregnancy?

Uterine growth: I think you are asking when you can feel your uterus above your pubic bone. Usually this is between 12-14 weeks. ...Read more

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Can a good ultra sound substitute pelvic exams during pregnancy?

Can a good ultra sound substitute pelvic exams during pregnancy?

No: Believe it or not ultrasounds have not been shown to positively effect outcomes in pregnancy and some argue cause more unneeded concern. Good news is that you don't need pelvic exams while pregnant. Visits are to monitor your blood pressure, the babies growth, etc. and this is done without a pelvic exam. Good luck with your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience back pain after a standard pelvic check during pregnancy? I'm 14 weeks.

Is it normal to experience back pain after a standard pelvic check during pregnancy? I'm 14 weeks.

Not typical : A pelvic exam does not generally cause back pain. Lying on the uncomfortable bed while pregnant could . Good thing you just saw a doctor and i assume everything with the pregnancy and your pelvic exam was normal. That must be reassuring. ...Read more

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Should there be a concern with pelvic and back pressure/pain during the second trimester of pregnancy?

Should there be a concern with pelvic and back pressure/pain during the second trimester of pregnancy?

Depends: Both of these symptoms are very common during pregnancy especially from the second trimester on. They can however symptoms of problems like preterm labor, bladder or kidney infection. If you have these symptoms contact your md to make sure you are not having any problems. ...Read more

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What can I do for sore hips during pregnancy? What can I do for a sore pelvis during pregnancy?

What can I do for sore hips during pregnancy? What can I do for a sore pelvis during pregnancy?

Exercises or support: Exercises such as yoga, pilates or physical therapy may help. There are support belts that may also help. The pelvic discomfort is related to relaxation of the tendons and ligaments that connect the bones of the pelvis to allow a baby to pass through. ...Read more

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Lower & upper back, shoulder, leg and pelvic pain during pregnancy. What can help this?

Lower & upper back, shoulder, leg and pelvic pain during pregnancy. What can help this?

Swimming or exercise: pregnancy hormones loosen ligaments and joints causing imbalance almost all over the body. Strengthen your muscles with a global exercise like one during swimming. ...Read more

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Is pelvic cramping normal during pregnancy? I often cramp after walking for 5 minutes and I am 29 weeks along

Is pelvic cramping normal during pregnancy? I often cramp after walking for 5 minutes and I am 29 weeks along

Cramping pregnancy: Some cramping can be normal but you need to be careful. Common causes of cramping at 29 weeks include dehydration and bladder infection. So be sure you're drinking enough water so the urine is light yellow. Talk to your OB about your symptoms and be checked for a bladder infection. Preterm delivery can be dangerous so your OB needs to be involved. ...Read more

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Why am I feeling baby movements very low as in my pelvic region during 26th week of pregnancy? Anterior lying placenta. First pregnancy.

Why am I feeling baby movements very low as in my pelvic region during 26th week of pregnancy? Anterior lying placenta. First pregnancy.

Baby location: At 26 weeks gestation the very top of the uterus (fundal height) should be about 6 cm above your belly button. That means the baby will be laying pretty low down since you are only in the 2nd trimester. You can have your doctor verify for you at your next visit. ...Read more

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How is a pelvic blood clot diagnosed during pregnancy? And what are the symptoms? And treatment?

How is a pelvic blood clot diagnosed during pregnancy? And what are the symptoms? And treatment?

Blood clot : Seek help immediately if you think you have a blood clot. Ultrasound imaging and by D dimer blood tests will be used to help diagnose blood clots. Signs and symptoms can include redness, swelling, or pain. During pregnancy, heparin is the preferred drug of choice to treat the clot. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant.severe pelvic pain.everything and baby is gd.could this be IBS that worsen during pregnancy.plz help don't wana lose this baby?

6 weeks pregnant.severe pelvic pain.everything and baby is gd.could this be IBS that worsen during pregnancy.plz help don't wana lose this baby?

Severe pain: Severe pain is always worrisome. It could be IBS but it could also be something as severe as a twisted ovary or a tubal pregnancy. See a doctor ASAP. Be safe. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more