3 Solutions for Rib Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnant Woman with cramp leg

Now that you’re into your third trimester, if your little bun in the oven is anything like how mine were, your ribs are starting to feel like an abused xylophone. It’s starting to feel like a family of five are living in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment — there is just not enough room! That little peanut is starting to feel less and less like a peanut, and more like a watermelon with pointy little toes that like to needle you in the ribs!

This, too, shall pass. And you'll go from having rib pain to chasing around a little pain in the butt! 

While not pleasant, rib pain late in your pregnancy is completely normal as your baby grows. Depending on whether you are carrying high, or your baby has “dropped,” or you are carrying low can make a big difference for the pain you feel.

Many women who experience rib pain at the beginning of their third trimesters get a good amount of relief as their babies descends into the pelvis. While the only cure for the pain caused by your baby’s improving soccer skills is to give birth, there are a few things you can do to take some of the pressure off in the meantime.

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This was huge for me. Just think of me as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have horrible posture … to the point where my sister likes to tell me I’m vying for a nice old hump when I’m older. I, of course, like to blame it on the two giant weights hanging from my chest. But I concede; I have very poor posture. But, while I was pregnant, especially when I was late into my pregnancies, my posture was awesome, like I was practicing to be a Victoria Secret model. It helped big time! The better posture I had, the less pressure I experienced on my ribs from hunching over my pregnant belly.


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3 Solutions for Rib Pain During Pregnancy

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  1. Maria says:

    I have been experiencing some rather uncomfortable rib pain as you ladies have. And while reading this article, I tried sitting up a little straighter and guess what it did the trick. So now I have to remind myself to sit up and stop slouching and after I’ve had a long day of being on my feet sit down and relax instead of trying to be a super mom. The chores can wait or my husband can do them.

  2. Grace says:

    his legs in my rib cage dont bother me but my lower back aches

  3. Ivonne says:

    The funny thing is when I was in the beginning stages of pregnancy, I was very healthy and fit, now I feel weak. I just hope I stay all belly.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I think I’m having a kick boxer lol

  5. Moyo says:

    I feel this rib pain so bad!

  6. Ami says:

    Some nights I cry myself to sleep because of my rib and back pain and I’m only in my second trimester!

  7. mommy nhoj says:

    My baby was so active the last 2 months and could really feel her move even if I am sleeping. My husband used to tell now, oh, she’s a creepy crawler (now walker), she’s been like that since in your tummy.

  8. Melissa says:

    Yeah my son kicked pretty good.

  9. When I was in my third trimester I found out about Smartway’s women’s urine funnel. It took so much stress and pressure off my back and knees, I LOVED it! Must buy for expecting mothers.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I will remind this when I reach my third trimester

  11. Mayra says:

    i’ve tried these things but they don’t seem to help some times

  12. Endy says:

    Gona try it thanks it gona be helpful for me 🙂

  13. Joana says:

    I havent had any pain yet but incase i do i’ll use some of these adviice

  14. Karleen says:

    I haven’t experience much kicking in the ribs with this pregnancy but I did with my first pregnancy. I already sleep with pillows, so I will try other techniques if I need to.

  15. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the advise

  16. Timothy says:

    We are getting here so thanks for the advise..

  17. gfeld says:

    That is some of the pain which I am experiencing this pregnancy and did not have by the others. Boy is this uncomfortable!!


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