Pelvic Girdle Pain
Some discomfort and niggles are a normal part of pregnancy, as your baby grows and your body changes but Pelvic Girdle Pain can be very painful
and it can affect your every day life. It is thought than 1 in 4 pregnant women are affected by Pelvic Girdle Pain.
What is Pelvic Girdle Pain?
It will be different for every pregnant woman but you could experience pain in your pubic bone or pain at the back
of your pelvis in the sacrum joints, which can cause low back and hip pain as well as pain down your legs.
The pain is caused by the hormone relaxin which aims to relax your pelvis for the birth of your baby.
The hormone can affect one joint more than others, which can put more pressure on the other joints causing the discomfort or pain.
Some hands-on therapy should help to alleviate the pain – see an experienced physiotherapist
or chiropractor to ease any strain on your joints. Many women report being able to move with ease after a session but you may need regular sessions.
Practical Ideas for managing PGP
It can be important to try to ease the pressure on your pelvis as you go about your day.
Some simple changes can ease your discomfort…
Getting dressed – sit down when you are putting on knickers, trousers or tights and then stand with both feet firmly on the
ground when you pull them up.
When you get out of the car or out of bed, try to swivel your whole body around so you can put both feet on the ground rather than
one leg at a time
When you need to turn, turn your whole body rather than twist your pelvis.
Try not to push a shopping trolley as this cause you to twist your pelvis.
Do your pelvic exercises to strengthen your muscles.
Rest with a pillow between your knees to prevent uneven pressure on your pelvic joints.
Move little and often, you could also try sitting on a birthing ball for greater comfort and for more even
pressure on your pelvis.
Try not to curl up on the sofa as it can put more pressure on your hips, stretch out instead.
PGP and Birth
Listen to your body and try not to put too much strain on your pelvic joints.
It can help to:
be in water
stay off the bed so you can get into different comfortable positions
use a birthing ball or a birthing stool
if you want/need to be on the bed, be as upright as possible and try not
open your legs to wide for too long as this could be painful.
You might find it beneficial to lie on your side.
measure how far you can comfortably open your legs so you don’t cause any damage if you can’t feel it.
This is really beneficial if you have an epidural.
You might find that your PGP eases quite quickly after birth or it might linger for a while – keep any treatment or practical tips going to
ease the pain or discomfort.