I have painful twinges that seem to affect different parts of my torso at different times – backache, just right of my navel and in my groin. My doctor says this is normal and I will just have to grin and bear it, but is there really no help at hand?

I have painful twinges that seem to affect different parts of my torso at different times – backache, just right of my navel and in my groin. My doctor says this is normal and I will just have to grin and bear it, but is there really no help at hand?

The many aches and pains in the abdomen, back, ribs, navel area, sides, groin, hip bones, pelvis, pubic bones (symphisis pubis pain) and thighs in pregnancy are mostly due to the stretching and relaxing of ligaments that hold the bones together and organs in place. In pregnancy, the increased levels of the hormone progesterone is mostly responsible for this. It is one way Mother Nature ensures easier birth as relaxed ligaments allow the pelvic outlet to become roomier as baby pushes through. Of course, some women have a lower pain tolerance and then Rescue Birth and Recovery will safely improve general coping. Exercise and massage are both helpful for ligament pain but it is also advisable to take the Sister Lilian Tissue Salts Calc fluor and Ferr phos to improve elasticity and strength of ligaments. Correct posture is important too – try and correct this by pulling in tummy muscles and buttocks, keeping shoulders back and down and slightly tilting the chin upwards, as this too can help. If there are any symptoms like vaginal bleeding, an abnormal discharge, fever or severe digestive discomfort (vomiting, diarrhoea, bad inexplicable constipation or bloating), one should consult one’s practitioner for further investigation.

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