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34 Weeks Pregnant with Rib Pain

Hello ladies...I just hit the 34 week mark and I've got some wicked rib pain on my left side. Nothing triggered it (like coughing) and I know things are shifting around in there to make room. I know it won't probably go away until she drops, but do any of you have suggestions that worked for you on reducing the pain in the meantime?

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I would see a physical therapist that specializes in manual therapy. They can get everything moving in the right direction and then help give tools to keep it there. It sounds like maybe a couple of ribs aren't moving correctly. Good luck!

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With both of my children I had very severe back pain, but not the typical type that most mothers get at some point in their pregnancy. I tried everything the 1st time (massage, accupuncture, physical therapy,etc), with no luck. Luckily by the 2nd I had a friend with a chiropractor & it turns out 2 of my ribs were being pulled out of place! It took 2 or 3 visits but he totally adjusted them back into place and the pain went away! Something to consider. Good luck!

Hi B.,
I had this problem almost my whole pregnancy! I know where you are coming from. I would get relief by getting down on all fours and make your back straight and flat (like a table). You can arch your back up and hold for a few seconds and then flatten back out. The baby would move almost every time. The relief might not last a long time but it sure felt much better! Sometimes I would just sit like that on the floor watching TV for a while, it really helps! I can tell you that the pain goes away as soon as you give birth!! Give it a try and good luck!

I would see a physical therapist that specializes in manual therapy. They can get everything moving in the right direction and then help give tools to keep it there. It sounds like maybe a couple of ribs aren't moving correctly. Good luck!

Hi B.,

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I had a little one who put his foot between my lung and rib. Ouch!! I did find pushing down in that place helped discourage it, although there's very little you can do if they get it in their head it's comfortable. You should feel relief when she drops. Congratulations on the soon-to-be arrival!

B.,

That happened to me, and it was terrible. I see a chiropractor regularly, and have since I was a teenager (once a month or so, not all the time) and he was able to adjust my rib--my baby had pushed the rib out of place and made it very uncomfortable. Anyway, after that, I would feel pain when she stretched or kicked, but it wasn't constant. If you have a chiropractor that you see and trust, you might see if he or she could give you an adjustment. Good luck and hang in there!

B., I would not be surprised if the baby is head down and you have some little toes in your ribs. That alone can sometimes bring a woman to her knees with pain.

My oldest had this habit of stretching her legs out inside of me!! It hurt like ---- and I would say move baby. She planted her feet right in my diaphram.
My second son would stick his foot out my side and we would play footsy. He is a character to this day.
I guess what I am saying is that babies are trying to find room in a small space and it is uncomfortable until it is time for the grand enterance into the world.
C. B

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