What is coccyx pain in pregnancy?
Coccyx (tailbone) pain can occur at any time during your pregnancy due to the increase in body weight, softening of the ligaments and muscles around your pelvis. Most women who experience coccyx pain will complain of an ache through their tailbone area. The pain maybe worse when sitting or when rising from sitting on a chair or couch.
Common causes of coccyx pain during pregnancy:
Your pelvic floor muscles attach onto the coccyx bone, therefore any abnormal tension in these muscles can aggravate your pain. Additionally, if your lower buttock muscles are tight it can also aggravate your pain.
You may have adjusted your sitting posture during pregnancy and are sitting more on your sacrum rather than your SIT bones. This is a common occurrence after pregnancy as the pregnancy backward tilt is maintained after birth, causing the woman to sit on her sacrum which in turn causing or aggravating the tailbone pain.
During pregnancy your hormones change and are designed to relax and soften all your muscles and ligaments of your body. This can sometimes result in altering the position of your coccyx.
How can you manage your coccyx pain?
- Ice/heat pack on your tailbone region
- Avoid slumping postures
- Self massage to your gluts and back muscles
Can Pelvic Health Melbourne help you?
If you have coccyx pain, our team at Pelvic Health is here to help you through a combination of treatments which may include:
- Soft tissue therapies to your pelvic muscles and gluteal muscles which may be in spasm.
- Tapes or braces.
- Functional strengthening exercises to address muscles imbalances around your pelvis.
- Specific postural exercises to help alleviate pain.