Pelvic pain in pregnancy

Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy

This pain is known as Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).

PGP is painful and uncomfortable symptoms are caused by stiffness of your pelvic joints.

  • Pain over the pubic bone at the front in the centre
  • 1 or both sides of your lower back and hip
  • in the area between your vagina and anus (perineum)
  • On spreading to your thighs
  • walking, using stairs
  • standing on 1 leg (when you’re getting dressed)
  • turning over in bed
  • when you get out of a car separating your legs

What To Do?

  • be as active as possible within your pain limits,
  • rest when you can
  • wear flat, supportive shoes
  • Pelvic girdle belt to support pelvis
  • sit down to get dressed
  • keep your knees together when getting in and out of the car
  • sleep in a comfortable position – for example, on your side with a pillow between your legs
  • try different ways of turning over in bed – for example, turning over with your knees together
  • take the stairs 1 at a time,
  • if you want to have sex, consider different positions, such as kneeling on all fours

Many women with pelvic pain in pregnancy can have a normal vaginal birth. Tips to follow:

  • Exercise to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
  • Swimming
  • Being in water can take the weight off your joints and allow you to move more easily, so you might want to think about having a water birth.

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