Hip pain is one of the most common problems during pregnancy. It can be defined as pain on the very sides of your pelvis.
If you place your fingers on your hip bones at the tops of your leg, the muscles involved include the ones that radiate upwards to the pelvic crest, in a fan shape. The deep buttock muscle that goes from your hip bone to the front of your sacrum. Also the muscles that go down the outside of your thigh, including the iliotibial band. If you go to the introduction in the hip zone and with the help of the 3D animation, you will get a good understanding of what is going on in this region.
These muscles are lateral stabilisers. They come under increasing strain as the increased weight causes a sideways shift as you walk, commonly known as a waddle. Hip pain when you turn over in bed, or when you are getting in or out of a car, is the result of these muscles being too tight.
Fortunately this is pretty easy to remedy. The essential exercises for the hip focus right in on these muscles and with the help of massage techniques the Stretch for Life program is often very successful. Sometimes these muscles are tight as result of a larger strain pattern. Influences from the lower back and or thighs may be strong perpetuators of hip muscle pain and may need to be addressed to resolve your hip pain. You may need more exercises from the hip zone or neighboring zones to fully resolve this issue. I use these same techniques in the clinic with huge success and when I teach the women how to do them I seldom see them again.