Pregnancy and childbirth alters the body and mind in several ways. Some women feel a nagging backache, while others could be dealing with postpartum depression. Pains and aches can become common. One such issue is tailbone pain!
The tailbone of the human body, commonly referred to as the coccyx, is the final segment of your spine and acts as a shock absorber. It lies at the bottom of your spinal column, above the buttocks. The tailbone is made up of three to five fused vertebrae (bones) and bears the weight of your body when you sit down.
Coccyx movement is one reason why the tailbone can feel sore with prolonged sitting, or with constipation and straining in order to empty the bowels. Tailbone pain is a common issue post pregnancy, specially for women with weak pelvic floors.
The symptoms for tailbone or coccyx pain can be extremely uncomfortable for new moms and seldom, women find it embarrassing to speak about. However, look out for these signs:
Recently, Sucheta Pal, a celebrity fitness coach, and a Zumba influencer, shared 3 effective ways for new moms to manage tailbone pain instantly, via Instagram. She captioned the video, “Who feels that feeling too? That pain in the butt is a real thing and let’s talk about it, especially new moms.”
According to the expert, here are 3 smart ways to manage the pain:
But if you are suffering from it for a long time and no instant measures are helping you, follow these few steps:
You can reduce your risk of tailbone pain by following these methods:
1. Avoiding falling
Keep your walking areas, the floor and pathways, free of loose objects, debris and cords. Climb up the stairs with caution and do not walk while looking at your cell phone.
2. Avoiding certain activities
Some activities, like cycling and sitting for long periods of time, can worsen the symptoms. Hence, they should be avoided.