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Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment on Different Weeks

What is Tailbone Pain in Pregnancy?

Tailbone pain is a severe, dull and sharp pain felt at end part of spine, above buttocks. An excessive surge of relaxin and estrogen hormones results in relaxation of ligaments leading to shift in tailbone therefore causing tailbone pain during early pregnancy and tailbone injury during childbirth.

Symptoms of Pain in Tailbone

Some important signs and symptoms of pain in tailbone during pregnancy are as follows:-

  • Ache in back
  • Pain while passing stool
  • Pain in hips
  • Pain in legs

Causes of Tailbone Pain During Early Pregnancy (First Trimester)

There are different reasons of Tail Bone pain on different stages. Tailbone pain during pregnancy first trimester happens when estrogen hormones relax the round ligaments to accept increasing weight and size of uterus. Causes of Pain During Tailbone are mostly because of following reasons:-

  • Labor
  • Intercourse
  • Bowel movement
  • Walking beyond capacity
  • Running
  • Riding
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Jumping
  • Lifting and carrying of objects that are too heavy
  • Lying on one’s back
  • Standing continuously for a long period
  • Sitting for a long period on a hard surface
  • Changing positions suddenly
  • Coughing
  • Sudden sneezing movement
  • Pressure on tailbone
  • Tailbone injury during childbirth

Tailbone pain during pregnancy twelve weeks happens when tailbone shifts its position more than usual. Shifting can worsen the pain because of conditions like:-

  • Constipation
  • Injury in lower part of back because of a fall or accident
  • Herniated disc in lower part of back
  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • Pelvic cancer

Baby starts shifting its position in later half of pregnancy and sometimes its head rests upon tailbone causing Tailbone pain during third trimester.
Tailbone pain during pregnancy thirty-eight weeks occur to indicate upcoming labor and time to deliver the baby (tailbone injury during childbirth).
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Sitting Positions During Tailbone, Coccyx Cushions

Coccyx CushionIf you want to relief from Tailbone pain you can try Coccyx Cushions or inflatable ring (u-pillow). Large number women get relief from using these pillows with regular exercise in the morning.

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If you are working women you can also try exercise ball during office hours.

Treatment for Pain in Tailbone During Pregnancy

Want to know how to relieve from Tailbone Pain during pregnancy. See the best treatment is somewhat controlled through lifestyle changes and home remedies. Some important and helpful tips are as follows:-

  • It is sensible to change positions at regular intervals as sitting or standing in same position for a longer time can result in pain at tailbone
  • Avoid walking for a very long time. Physical activities must be stopped even before body starts tiring.
  • Tailbone pain during pregnancy relief can happen by applying ice pads or heat pads
  • Physical activity like swimming can prove beneficial but it is necessary to consult a doctor before attempting such activity
  • If a medical practitioner approves then certain yoga positions can help in bringing relief from pain in tailbone area
  • By taking approval from a doctor special massage can be attempted under guidance of a licensed physiotherapist

If pain in tailbone persists, then it can be serious and consultation with a doctor becomes necessary. After a physical examination, doctor may suggest further tests to back his theory. These are

  • Two sets of X-Rays including one while standing and other while sitting. After comparing this two X-Rays he will be able to determine the exact movement of tailbone and reason for pain
  • MRI scan is advised to check for conditions like cancer in bones, fracture in bones or an infection in bones.

In pregnancy a doctor, do not advise taking of oral medications. Only in case of intolerable pain, will he suggest use of painkillers like ibuprofen and if pain continues after this then they recommend the use of steroid injections.


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Stephanie McClane About Author

Stephanie McClane is a mother of three and enjoys sharing the knowledge she gathered throughout her pregnancies. After approaching her last two pregnancies from a more holistic prespective and having two natural births, she was inspired to share her experiences with other moms-to-be.