This is what I emailed to my doctor’s office last night…
I assume I’m just being paranoid but wanted to ask a few questions…
For the past week I’ve felt a lot of tightening in my belly. It seems more random than consistent. Today though I noticed quite a bit of pressure in my pelvis. Is this just because baby is getting heavier? Walking and sitting have been uncomfortable at times due to this pressure. Just wanted to make sure I shouldn’t be concerned.
And this is the response I just received back…
What you describe sounds like round ligament pain/spasms which is a common discomfort during pregnancy. This happens as the baby grows and sometimes positions him/herself differently in the uterus. We recommend the use of a pregnancy support belt which supports your growing uterus and lower back. Resting on your side with pillows between the knees can also be comfortable. Sometimes, more frequent rest periods at work can help with the symptoms. If you need a letter for your employer to accommodate this, we are happy to assist with this.
Pelvic pressure can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection. There may be symptoms such as burning or pain with urination but sometimes in pregnancy, you do not have these symptoms. If you would like to be seen to rule out a urinary tract infection, please call our clinic and we will assist you with scheduling this.
This doesn’t seem all that helpful, and I’m sure hoping they actually reviewed my chart before responding. I went to bed early last night though and now I’d say I feel fairly normal. I’ll see how I feel as the day progresses… Thankfully I work a few feet from the emergency room 🙂