The further you are into your pregnancy, the more likely you’ve had to deal with coccyx (tailbone) pain.
Many deliveries cause this pain due to the woman’s tailbone displacing in order to more easily allow the baby’s passage through her pelvis. However, tailbone pain can occur prior to birthing for a number of reasons.
Characterized by a sharp and dull pain at the spinal end in the lower back between the upper buttocks, this pain can first begin as the hormone relaxin together with estrogen causes your ligaments on your pelvic floor to relax, allowing the coccyx to shift around more than usual. This shifting is the most likely cause of pain in the first trimester. In late pregnancy, the baby’s head itself pressing upon the coccyx may cause pain. Your tailbone sits behind your uterus, and as the baby develops his or her bones push against your bones, which can cause discomfort.
This shifting is the most likely cause of pain in the first trimester. In late pregnancy, the baby’s head pressing upon the coccyx may cause pain. Your tailbone sits behind your uterus, and as the baby develops his or her bones push against your bones, which can cause discomfort.
Some other reason pain may increase during pregnancy:
- Prolonged standing
- Walking, cycling, riding, running, driving
- In rare cases, infection could cause coccygea.
Here’s a quick overview of tailbone pain during pregnancy:
Things you can do to decrease pain:
- Apply heat or ice pads or try warm baths to relax the area.
- Certain types of yoga may be helpful.
- Frequently change positions — from sitting to walking and vice versa.
- Avoid sitting on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
- Avoid heels and wear flat-toed shoes.
- Do not bend to pick up objects.
Although a certain amount of pain may be unavoidable at this period in life, a solid stretching routine and being conscious of how your sitting and moving about can go a long way in reducing avoidable pains.
Let us know in the comments if there are any other reasons you may be experiencing tailbone pain, and what solutions have worked for you!
If you are experiencing upper back pain, make sure to read our article on upper back pain during pregnancy.