Written by Jessica Jackman (Osteopath)
Pregnancy can be a wonderful, scary and challenging time for women and their partners. This can be made even more complicated if you are experiencing changes throughout pregnancy that can cause low back or pelvic pain.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PPG) is pain which may be felt in the front of the pelvis (pubic joint) or the back of the pelvis (sacrum). It can be more one sided, swap sides or even be both at once. Sometimes the pain will subside and return later or it can be more constant in nature.
About half of all pregnant women experience some kind of pelvic girdle pain usually due to ligament laxity as the body prepares for birth. The pelvis needs to widen to allow the baby to come through the birth canal which can cause inefficient use of the muscles, ligament and nerves and over recruitment of other muscles.
Pain is usually bought on by walking for long periods, getting in or out of the car and particularly rolling over in bed.
However there is many things you can do about it. Diagnosis is the first step to understanding your pain. Hands on treatment can be very useful to help settle the symptoms but the take home exercises tips and tricks are just as important for management of PPG.
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