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lee - September 27th, 2004 11:52 PM

okay.. i know sharp sudden pains in your vagina are normal bcause of stretching ligaments...but now i am gettin the same sharp pains in my anus.. i know it sounds nasty but its like a few quick feels the same as the sharp pains that occur in the vagina...just in a different place..anyway is this normal? has anyone else felt these pains in their butt?

LJ - October 2nd, 2004 4:33 PM

Wow...I've been experiencing the same thing but I thought it was too weird to even tell anyone. The only thing is I've experienced painful spasms in my rectum/anus for a while before I got pregnant...but being pregnant seems to make it worse. Like, maybe the baby is putting pressure on my rectum or something? Often it's when I'm sitting down, if I sit a certain way then I get a sharp pain. Or sometimes when I try to have a bowel movement I get a sharp pain there and can't go...It's weird, and I don't know how to explain it.

Tess - October 24th, 2004 6:42 PM

It is not normal...BUTT is does happen to alot of women. I've asked my Doc and he said it is because of placement of the uterus. Some women's uterus are tilted a bit and can cause pain shooting upwards. I've got it too. It's not very comfortable but it's not suppose to last very long. I'm about 10 weeks and have had it for about 5. Most of the discomfort ends once your in your 2nd trimester.(so they say!)Try laying on one side with a pillow between your legs when you sleep.And I know it's hard but don't tense up when it happens...BREATH DEEP two or three times through your mouth.Kinda like Yoga. Good luck sister. And may the pain go away.

Hollie - October 26th, 2004 9:11 AM

i have pains shooting too, but im sure as hell not pregnant! why????

meiam - October 29th, 2004 10:30 AM

your siatic nerve (SP?) ends right at the base of your spine where your butt is, the is your bodies main nerve center, if this nerve gets pinched due to a hip going out or other misalignments theat are common in pregnancy in can be unbearable, this is the second pregnancy i've had this pain with, the best thing to do is see a chiropractor, also they say that women who do not orgasm often enough build up pressure there, so maybe try having sex, i fyou can bear it.

chris - November 16th, 2004 4:15 PM

I have the same kinds of pains. It's not just you! I'm not sure it it's normal, or what it means- I"m not pregnant, and as far as I know, everything is in good working order. If you find out what the pain signifies, let me know, would ya?

Christine - November 17th, 2004 10:04 AM

I have gotten the pain...even when I was not pregnant...I have also talked to my doc about it before and was told it is normal...didnt go into details...I only get it occasionally...I would not worry about it...I know I dont but it does hurt..for a split second.

deborah - December 13th, 2004 12:23 AM

i too get these pains and i am definately not pregnant and i used to have them also when i was younger, am 50 now..sometimes they last longer and hurts so bad and it is so weird......they just come and go and i don't know when...

L - January 4th, 2005 4:13 PM

I have pain in my butt as well, but it is in my butt cheek. It feels like a pulled muscle or something. Is this the same thing? I am pregnant-6 months.

Michele - January 27th, 2005 10:10 PM

i am 18 weeks and today my right butt cheek has been killing feels like someone has punched me, like a "charlie horse" it is painful standing & sitting...any recommendations??? it's annoying!!!!!!!!

Megan - February 18th, 2005 10:39 AM

It's all about the pelvic floor! I damaged mine having my 3rd child. Chiropractor's,OBGYN's, massage, I've tried it all. Simple Kegels have been the most effective . It's very hard to get to the right area to strengthen it but I believe that's the key. I'm still looking for a specialist in that area. Good health to everyone!

Heather - February 20th, 2005 12:05 AM

mine started with that.. now my bum will actually fall asleep and get pins and needles like your toes do!

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elli - February 22nd, 2005 3:50 AM

My labour story is in response to everyone who has written in with pains felt in the vagina and rectum during prnancy. I had these in my pregnancy and in retrospect for me they were a taste of what I was to experience in labour. Info I read and heard about described labour as painful period like sensation/contractions with relief in between. I had no pain in my stomach/abdomen but instead shooting and grinding pain upwards in my vagina and rectum simultaneously (mostly in the rectum). It was so excruciating and i tried each level of pain relief- gas (made me sick and vomit); pethidine (which did not alleviate pain at all). Finally the epidural was given which removed the pain all together. Thank goodness for drugs as 18 hours later I gave birth to a beautiful healthy boy via forceps and episeotomy. Post labour I have had bad bruising surrounding the anus and my vagina. Additionally and what the most unfortunate thing is, is the fact that my coccyx is bruised and damaged so that I cannot sit. Only now in my third to fourth week I've felt some improvement albeit slight and I am hopeful this will continue to improve. After reading stories on the net I will pursue some sort of professional treatment. I have found no support from my GP or nurses I have spoken to about the type of labour I had or the subsequent injuries I have- Nor has anyone reassured me and said- "this is what happened to you- it can happen to women and means this...."all merely say "you've been through labour, what do you expect?" Also, it is difficult to explain to people and friends about my experience of labour, especially other women who've had children as there appears to be an unspoken feeling of pride as to who went through labour without pain relief or that theirs was painful so who am I to say mine justified an epidural?. Hence when talking about it, there is only polite nodding of their heads and a response like "hmmm, yes labour is painful isn't it?" No acknowledgment of the type of pain I went through. Only one friend whose had two children said "Wow, I haven't heard of that type of pain before..." What you don't hear often enough is that women all have pain in different locations- we don't all have the period like contractions with relief in between. Furthermore its not just about pain thresholds- women do like to brag about the fact they didn't have pain relief. Good on them- and I don't wish to discredit their tolerance of their pain. But what they don't realise is that some labour is actually more painful, regardless of how much we all think we can tolerate. People tend to describe my labour as 'back labour' which is typically more painfull however I don't find comfort in this explanation as mine was different again. I'm yet to find another labour story as similar to mine so if anyone can help here with their experience it would be fantastic as I've found myself quite disillusioned with what labour is meant to be like. Hopefully, those with the pregnancy pains in the vagina and rectum don't have labour as I've described but it is interesting to find others who had this pain too because when I had them, I again could not find a doctor or person who told me this was normal or common. Let me know how you are all going with things. Hopefully all is well with no complications. Thanks for listening! I'll keep you all posted when I get some more answers.....

Brenda - March 9th, 2005 6:55 PM

Oh my god....yes... yes......i have experienced these a few times...they are sharp pains that hurt so bad...i thought i was the only one!

AJ - March 13th, 2005 9:27 PM

I am so happy to read others have experienced the 'knife up the bum' sharp pain that I am experiencing! I am 11 weeks and everything seems to hurt at the moment. I woke up this morning with the sharp rectum pain and had to lie still before it passed.

Sarah - March 25th, 2005 2:05 PM

Thank goodness it is normal! I always worried about it, but since it doesnt happen often I let it slide. I'm just glad to know its nothing serious. oh and im definitly not pregnant either.


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