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Up until my second trimester my pregnancy was pretty much uneventful, I was eating healthy staying active, working out a few times per week, things were going great! Late into my second trimester however I suddenly started experiencing this pelvic heaviness and a lot of vaginal pressure. Especially when I sat down or had to go to the bathroom.
Pregnancy is an exciting time for most women, but it can bring with it some major discomforts. Vaginal heaviness is one of these discomforts. From morning sickness to an aching back, sleep deprivation and constant tiredness, pregnancy can take a lot out of you. While this symptom can be anything from mild to downright impossible to live with, unfortunately, vaginal heaviness is a normal part of pregnancy.
Pressure in the lower abdomen in a common symptom during pregnancy, particularly if this is not your first pregnancy. The enlarging uterus continues to put pressure on the cervix and vagina, especially in the 3rd trimester between 28 and 40 weeks. This pressure can be extremely uncomfortable.
When your uterus starts contracting and changing the cervix before 37 weeks, it is called preterm labor. It means your baby could be born too early. These contractions may or may not be painful.
Pregnancy is one of the few experiences that sounds at once beautiful and alarming. On the one hand, the awe-inspiring physical changes may reinforce how magical it is to be pregnant. But there are also many times when pregnancy isn't exactly a picnic.
Early in pregnancy, many women have pelvic pain. Pelvic pain refers to pain in the lowest part of the torso, in the area below the abdomen and between the hipbones pelvis. The pain may be sharp or crampy like menstrual cramps and may come and go.
If your pelvis is aching, you're not alone. Up to 80 percent of pregnant women experience pelvic pain at some point, mostly in that final trimester when stress on the pelvic region is especially intense. However, pain can hit at almost any point in the pregnancy, and its impact can range from minor a few twinges, aches or a general feeling of heaviness and stress in the pelvic region to debilitating a searing sensation that wraps around your back and snakes down below your burgeoning belly.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. PGP is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms caused by a stiffness of your pelvic joints or the joints moving unevenly at either the back or front of your pelvis. Getting diagnosed as early as possible can help keep pain to a minimum and avoid long-term discomfort. You can ask your midwife for a referral to a physiotherapist who specialises in obstetric pelvic joint problems.