Pain in the tailbone or tailbone is common during pregnancy, but also after childbirth. One of the reasons is a broken or bruised tailbone that occurred during childbirth. During pregnancy, the pain often comes from the pelvis. Anyone who has broken their tailbone before is sometimes dreading a (next) pregnancy or childbirth. Logical, because the pain can be intense.
Tailbone, sacrum, tailbone
The tailbone is another name for the tailbone. They are 4 tail vertebrae fused together. Sometimes this is 1 more or less. The tailbone dates back to the time when our ancestors had a tail. It now mainly serves to absorb shocks when we sit on our buttocks. The tailbone is connected to the sacrum by a joint.
Pain in the tailbone during pregnancy
During pregnancy you may experience pain in the tailbone. This is especially the case during the second half of pregnancy, but some women may experience it earlier. Pain in the tailbone in combination with pain in the groin, buttock, pubic bone and/or pelvis can be a sign of pelvic pain or even worse, pelvic instability. Under the influence of hormones, the connections between the pelvic bones relax. This can cause pain. When the connections become too flexible, instability of the pelvis occurs. So pelvic instability. Characteristic is the staggering and painful gait while walking, but sitting can also hurt. Pelvic instability often disappears after delivery and can be treated by a physiotherapist during and after pregnancy.
Pain in the tailbone is usually the result of pelvic pain. The hormones ensure this. Unfortunately, it is part of it, but it is a very annoying and painful complaint. Try to alternate sitting and walking as much as possible. In case of severe complaints, it can help to sit on a so-called ‘donut’ or a swimming pool. This prevents extra pressure on the tailbone.
Sometimes a painful tailbone is caused by a previous birth or a fall on the tailbone. The tailbone is then broken or bruised and extra sensitive. Do you fall on your tailbone during pregnancy? Then have it checked to see if it is not broken. Although treatment is usually not necessary, it is important to know where the pain comes from. Sometimes the broken off particles have to be surgically removed.
Tailbone pain after childbirth
Initially, pain complaints that arose during pregnancy may still be present after delivery. Pelvic instability in particular takes some time to disappear. The complaints will slowly become less and less. Most women no longer have any complaints a month after giving birth.
During childbirth, the tailbone can bruise or even break. There is a lot of strength involved during childbirth and sometimes the tailbone becomes compressed. A painful tailbone after childbirth is often a sign that something is wrong. Although a broken tailbone heals on its own, this can be very painful and, above all, very difficult. A bruised tailbone can also be very painful. In the case of a broken tailbone/tailbone, a doctor can check whether any loose particles need to be removed. In most cases, however, everything will heal on its own. Casting the tailbone is not possible. A special donut cushion can provide relief while sitting. It can take quite a long time before the pain goes away completely. Some women still have tailbone pain two years after giving birth. Not really a pleasant experience, and the fear of a new pregnancy is understandable for these women.
Pregnant and already broken tailbone
If the tailbone has ever been broken due to a fall or other accident, there is a greater chance that tailbone pain will occur during pregnancy. A broken bone often remains more sensitive despite healing. When the connections between the pelvic bones become more flexible, pain in the tailbone is more likely to occur. Sometimes the pain is so severe that sitting is difficult. Again, a special cushion can provide relief while sitting. Furthermore, different positions should be alternated as much as possible: sitting, lying, standing. A lot of exercise also reduces pain. In case of severe pain, a mild painkiller such as paracetamol can be taken. There is often concern about childbirth: will the tailbone break again? Usually the location of the old fracture has grown to such an extent that it is calcified and difficult to break again at that location. However, the tailbone/tailbone can break in a different place. This can be the same size as in women who have not previously broken their tailbone. However, due to the previous fracture, the tailbone may have become crooked and may therefore be turned inward. This does increase the risk of rupture during childbirth.
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