Posted by MRK on 30th March 2012

Causes Of Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy: Remedies For Pain Relief

The tailbone or the coccyx is a triangular bone that hangs like a hinge from the tip of the vertebrae. Joints and ligaments connect the coccyx to the rest of the spine.  Its range of motion varies for each person.  Undue pressure or mobility of the coccyx causes tailbone pain.  Descriptions of tail bone pain:

  • Sharp pain felt on the tail bone while sitting.  Usually described as a blunt or stabbing pain.
  • Sharp pain felt when shifting from sitting to standing position.
  • Shooting pain felt down the leg
  • Deep pain and tenderness around the tailbone

What Causes Pain In Tailbone In Pregnancy?

Tailbone pain or coccydenia is caused when the coccyx is being forced into movement or pressure is applied to it.  These are the following reasons:

  • Relaxin.
    Production of this hormone helps ligaments and muscles to become more flexible. The ligaments connecting the coccyx to the vertebrae become loose, allowing movement of the coccyx.
  • Shifting of the coccyx.
  • Baby’s position inside the uterus.
  • Increasing uterine size. The size of the uterus causes pressure on the ligaments connecting the coccyx.

Home Remedies For Tailbone Pain While Pregnant

Preventing tailbone pain during pregnancy is difficult, if not impossible. Tailbone pain can be addressed through natural and medical pain relievers.  Effective methods include the following:

  • Women with tail bone problem history should seek medical attention before planning to conceive. This will be a wise preparation for pregnancy, as some diagnostic tests cannot be done while pregnant.
  • Inform the physician about previous problems with tailbone pan.
  • Avoid staying in one position for a long time. Prolonged sitting and standing should be shunned.
  • Avoid sitting on hard surfaces for prolonged period of time.
  • You should avoid sleeping on the stomach.
  • Do not lift heavy objects.
  • Have a soft cushion ready for you to sit on to lessen pressure on the king.
  • Warm baths.  Draw an Epsom Salt Bath once a week.  Epsom salt baths are anti-spasmodic.
  • Mashed red pepper or red pepper powder dissolved in oil can be placed on the tailbone.
  • Spearmint, peppermint and camphor oil can also be placed on the tailbone to minimize pain.
  • Hot or Cold compress and a proper tailbone massage.
  • Yoga. Performing a pelvic tilt while in the cat position may help move the baby off the tailbone. Even if the position of the baby is not related with the pain, shifting the position will still help in soothing the back.
  • Sitting on an exercise or birth ball.
  • Seeing a chiropractor can decrease pain.
  • Most women are prescribed with a mild analgesic, like acetaminophen, by a licensed physician.  NSAIDS are generally avoided because they can be harmful to the baby.

    1 Response

  1. Lisa says:

    I am only a couple of weeks pregnant an I am having severe tailbone pain. I can’t even sleep or sit and it hurts when I walk. It is absolutely unbearable now. Please suggest me some remedy.


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