Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.
The hip pain
is normal and related to "instability" in the pelvic bones. This will reverse itself once she is delivered. Labor will not affect the hip - this is actually a normal problem (unfortunately). She will be a good candidate for an epidural, and the epidural is going to be a safe option during labor. Options for control of pain related to this pelvic instability includes:
2. Warm baths (not hot)
4. Pelvic support hose (sometimes available with a prescription)
If this seems to be getting worse, then her doctor should be notified to make sure something else is not going on!
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