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my right kidney is being compressed, what can help?

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I am 31 weeks along. About a month ago, my doctor told me my right kidney is being compressed by the baby. Even though I have terrible back pain, I was told not much could be done. I manage by using a hot water compress and laying down quite a bit. Sitting down seems to make it worse so I flip flop between standing and sitting. I noticed recently that I am now having a burning/pain/numbness feeling on my belly opposite the back pain. I was told this is related to the kidney. Yesterday the pain intensified in both the front and the back. I am feeling constipated so maybe that might be why? Is this common and what exercises/practices can help in the discomfort and pain?

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replied September 12th, 2011
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A26799
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. One of the possibilities for this numbness and burning can be due to nerve compression or irritation due to compression of the spinal nerves. It is less likely to be due to kidney compression by the fetus as it will mostly cause urinary tract infection, pain in the lumbar region and even hydronephrosis.

I suggest you a physician’s evaluation to confirm the diagnosis. You can take some vit B12 for some days and see if the symptoms improve.

Constipation is quite common in pregnancy. You should eat a healthy, fiber rich diet and take small meals instead of three heavy meals. You should go out for regular walks for atleast 15-20 minutes and also discuss the option of prenatal yoga exercises with your doctor. These also help a lot.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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