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#1 Ollie83

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:48 PM

This is a strange question but I’ve got this weird/uncomfortable sensation at the base of my ribs on both sides. Right at the bottom, it also feels like they’re being pushed together or over lapping and I just want to stretch my body out to relieve it. Nearly 17 weeks, with baby 2. Anyone else get this?

#2 LZTM

Posted 27 November 2019 - 07:59 PM

With my DS I would often get rib pain but it was because he would nestle himself in there and I’d almost have to stretch and move him out with my hands to get relief. That was generally on one side at a time though so unsure if the same as what you’re experiencing.

Hope you’re getting some relief!

#3 Ollie83

Posted 28 November 2019 - 07:11 PM

Thank you ^, it’s settled down now. It was really uncomfortable! I remember my daughter was jammed up in my ribs too. When I had a cesarean and they lifted her out I said very loudly and enthusiastically OMG I can breathe again!

#4 marple

Posted 28 November 2019 - 07:21 PM

yes!!!!

i had all the way through my first pregnancy. just on one side though. I still get  it occasionally 25 years later! you have to sort of stretch backwards to get rid of it.

#5 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 28 November 2019 - 08:17 PM

Rib pain with DS1 was second only to the horrible heartburn. I had to pretty much lean back constantly to relieve my ribs. When I was working still, sitting at a desk all day was so painful. Lying down was good.
ETA: in the later stages, I would literally push my fingers below my
Ribs, into my guts, and physically shift DS’s head out of my rib cage to relieve the discomfort.

My mum says she had horrible rib pain too.

We are both short and had big babies with big heads. Poor mum is shorter than me though, and had a bigger baby. She must have been in such pain.

Edited by ~LemonMyrtle~, 28 November 2019 - 08:19 PM.


#6 Ollie83

Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:28 PM

View Postmarple, on 28 November 2019 - 07:21 PM, said:

yes!!!!

i had all the way through my first pregnancy. just on one side though. I still get  it occasionally 25 years later! you have to sort of stretch backwards to get rid of it.

Oh, no ... it stayed with you, how bizarre. Yes, I had to stretch it out too. Thank goodness it’s settled for now.

#7 Ollie83

Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:34 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 28 November 2019 - 08:17 PM, said:

Rib pain with DS1 was second only to the horrible heartburn. I had to pretty much lean back constantly to relieve my ribs. When I was working still, sitting at a desk all day was so painful. Lying down was good.
ETA: in the later stages, I would literally push my fingers below my
Ribs, into my guts, and physically shift DS’s head out of my rib cage to relieve the discomfort.

My mum says she had horrible rib pain too.

We are both short and had big babies with big heads. Poor mum is shorter than me though, and had a bigger baby. She must have been in such pain.

It’s a really awful feeling, I feel for you and your mum. I’m not overly short but seem to have a short torso too, I feel the pain.

#8 Ozquoll

Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:38 PM

I got that feeling of rib pain/discomfort for most of my pregnancy too. Bit surprising as I am very tall, and long of torso, so you would think DS had plenty of room in there without pushing at my ribs 😄.

#9 Demera

Posted 30 November 2019 - 06:43 PM

Yeah, I had this quite badly with the first, even though I'm quite long in the torso. Once she dropped the pain got better, but until then I was always trying to stretch to relieve the discomfort. I found it easier to sit on a ball than a chair.  It wasn't nearly as bad with the second baby because she went straight out the front and didn't rise up into my ribs the same way.

#10 TheGreenSheep

Posted 30 November 2019 - 07:17 PM

Second pregnancy it was excruciating. I’m tall and long torso. I would spend hours rubbing and pushing his bum and arching to relive the stretching pain in my ribs. It lasted for many many months afterwards, like an almighty bruise. He was tucked in nicely and a short 3hr labour delivered a bouncy 4.2kg boy, coupled with ferocious reflux I never wanted another after that.

#11 TheGreenSheep

Posted 30 November 2019 - 07:22 PM

Back to add, my SIL and I were pregnant together, she had upper abdo pain which we both thought was her ribs, turned out hers was preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

#12 born.a.girl

Posted 30 November 2019 - 07:33 PM

View PostOllie83, on 28 November 2019 - 07:11 PM, said:

Thank you ^, it’s settled down now. It was really uncomfortable! I remember my daughter was jammed up in my ribs too. When I had a cesarean and they lifted her out I said very loudly and enthusiastically OMG I can breathe again!

Me too!  


Yes, yes, she's delightful but OMG I CAN BREATHE!

#13 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 30 November 2019 - 07:38 PM

Did anyone else’s chest measurements permanently change?
Ignoring the fact that I’ve since gained weight, after having kids my chest is permanently wider. I need a 16 bra now. Before a 14 was fine. I reckon I’m permanently deformed or stretched around my rib cage. My mum says the same.

#14 born.a.girl

Posted 30 November 2019 - 08:01 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 30 November 2019 - 07:38 PM, said:

Did anyone else’s chest measurements permanently change?
Ignoring the fact that I’ve since gained weight, after having kids my chest is permanently wider. I need a 16 bra now. Before a 14 was fine. I reckon I’m permanently deformed or stretched around my rib cage. My mum says the same.

Same. Went from a 10 to a 12, and it's definitely around my ribs, not weight.

#15 TheGreenSheep

Posted 30 November 2019 - 08:53 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 30 November 2019 - 07:38 PM, said:

Did anyone else’s chest measurements permanently change?
Ignoring the fact that I’ve since gained weight, after having kids my chest is permanently wider. I need a 16 bra now. Before a 14 was fine. I reckon I’m permanently deformed or stretched around my rib cage. My mum says the same.
yeah I went up a size, thought it was because I was older and fatter LOL.

#16 Ellie bean

Posted 01 December 2019 - 01:12 AM

I still have damaged intercostal muscles from where ds’s head was wedged under my ribs, 6 years ago! He was totally stuck there, had to have a procedure to release his head to avoid a breech birth. I blame DH and his enormous head.
I’m positive my rib cage went up a size too

#17 Ollie83

Posted 01 December 2019 - 11:15 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 30 November 2019 - 08:01 PM, said:



Same. Went from a 10 to a 12, and it's definitely around my ribs, not weight.

Yes, I definitely did too 12 to 14 same weight I was before too. I don’t think anything is going back in sadly.

#18 Ollie83

Posted 01 December 2019 - 11:18 AM

View PostEllie bean, on 01 December 2019 - 01:12 AM, said:

I still have damaged intercostal muscles from where ds’s head was wedged under my ribs, 6 years ago! He was totally stuck there, had to have a procedure to release his head to avoid a breech birth. I blame DH and his enormous head.
I’m positive my rib cage went up a size too

Ouch :( I had no idea this was a possible complication.

#19 LZTM

Posted 01 December 2019 - 06:48 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 30 November 2019 - 07:38 PM, said:

Did anyone else’s chest measurements permanently change?
Ignoring the fact that I’ve since gained weight, after having kids my chest is permanently wider. I need a 16 bra now. Before a 14 was fine. I reckon I’m permanently deformed or stretched around my rib cage. My mum says the same.

100% this. I am the same weight I was before my DS (he’s now 5) but my rib cage as absolutely expanded a size. I had to give away a whole bunch of dresses that had a fitted bodice.

#20 Ellie bean

Posted 01 December 2019 - 07:45 PM

View PostOllie83, on 01 December 2019 - 11:18 AM, said:



Ouch :( I had no idea this was a possible complication.
Sorry I hope I didn’t worry you, it was really a very unusual set of circumstances! And didn’t occur till later in the pregnancy so quite different to you
I hope everything goes smoothly for you




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