I’ve heard it said (from my mother) that being pregnant is a pain in the butt (thanks, mom), but until this week, I had no idea that this expression can be all too literal.
For the past few days, I’ve developed a sharp pain in my right bum area that is exacerbated when I walk, sit, bend over, stand up, or basically move in any way that involves using my legs. At first, I thought the pain was a direct result of my weekend of indulgence in front of the TV polishing off entire seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and Ben & Jerry’s, but now I’m not so sure. As with all things now, I blame the pain in my ass on the baby.
I was prepared to suffer through the pain for the next 7 months, but after three days of watching me hobble around the apartment and having to do dishes and take out the garbage himself, J finally convinced me to call our OB last night.
Our OB didn’t have any definitive answers, but she offered some suggestions:
- It’s possible that I have a rather common condition known as pregnancy-related sciatica, which “occurs when a baby’s head presses against the mother’s sciatic nerves, which run down the spine and into the pelvis and upper leg area.” (babyzone) But sciatica most frequently occurs in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, and I’m only in my 9th week??
- Try drinking tonic water, which may help alleviate some of the muscle spasms and cramps.
- Doing some light stretching exercises
- Putting a warm compresses on the buttock area (but not on the abdomen)
- Gently massaging the affected area
Is it wrong to admit that I was secretly hoping that the good doctor would just write out a prescription for a magic butt pill and ta da! Pain in the ass be gone.
No such luck.
I guess for now, I’ll be sticking to the tonic water and hot water bottles.