Pelvic Pressure During Pregnancy: Is There Any Relief?

I am in the 36th week of my pregnancy and I am extremely uncomfortable since the baby dropped. How can I relieve some of the pressure from the baby's position?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

Because you are feeling so much pressure, it is probable that your baby's head is engaged. If this is your first baby, this is a good sign. If this is not your first baby, it is unusual for engagement to occur so soon but not necessarily abnormal.

The discomfort can sometimes be relieved by relaxing with your hips elevated on pillows, or any position where your shoulders are lower than your hips. There is not a lot you can do when walking or going about your daily activities.

Some women get some relief from maneuvering their babies manually, shifting them from one side to another. Sometimes a sling anchored around your shoulders, supporting the lower abdomen is helpful, but sometimes there is not much you can do to increase your comfort.

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