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What can I do to ease the pain in my tail bone?

My tail bone has been hurting a lot. How can I deal with it?
Submitted by ericalira1

Tail bone (or sacral) pain is normal in pregnancy, especially towards the end of the third trimester.  Your body produces a hormone called "relaxin" that helps the joints of your pelvis spread to facilitate vaginal birth.  Women who have a history of back problems or who are overweight can often feel lower back and tail bone discomfort earlier in the pregnancy. 


There are some simple things that you can do to try and help. First of all, try to avoid sitting on hard surfaces for long periods of time - some women will even try sitting on an inflatable ring to avoid any direct pressure on the end of the tail bone.  A heating pad or a warm soak in the tub can provide some relief.  Recommended amounts of Tylenol can give short periods of relief.  A healthy and pregnancy-acceptable exercise routine or gentle stretching can help sore pelvic muscles.  And, some women find relief from a maternity support belt which helps lessen the weight directly on the pelvic bones and muscles.  Always make sure you tell your doctor about any pain or unusual symptoms you are having so the two of you can come up with the best solution.


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Find a physical therapist who has training in pelvic floor release. It is a myth that nothing can help but waiting it out. Working on the pelvic floor can provide a lot of relief.
Submitted by shinshin114
My physical therapist was able to completely relieve my pain by working on my pelvic floor muscles. This is not a fun procedure but it is totally worth the long term relief! My tail bone was pulled too far forward and it is now comfortably back in place :-)
Submitted by shinshin114