What Causes Hip Pain During Pregnancy?

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Hip pain during pregnancy occurs majorly as a result of relaxin, which is a hormone that facilitates child birth by making the pelvic ligaments flexible, according to Everyday Health. Pregnant women may also experience hip pain due to uterine growth, which exerts pressure on the hip nerves; an increase in weight; and fetal growth, which forces the hip muscles to stretch. A pregnant woman who mainly sleeps on her side may also experience hip pain.

Hip pain is a pregnancy side effect that typically manifests during the last three months of the pregnancy, notes Everyday Health. The severity of the pain varies from woman to woman and can range from mild to severe. Hip pain is typically temporary and disappears at the end of the pregnancy in most cases.

Remedies for hip pain during pregnancy include water workouts, strengthening exercises and wearing a pregnancy belt, as Everyday Health reports. Water workouts, such as swimming, reduce stress on the hips and joints by ensuring that a pregnant woman keeps physically fit without necessarily involving the legs. Strengthening exercises relieves the hips of walking and standing stress by making the muscles in the trunk and thighs strong enough to withstand some of the stress. Wearing the pregnancy belt also reduces stress on the hips by supporting the midsection and back of a pregnant women, stress that would otherwise rest on the hips alone.