Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic girdle pain – local tenderness over the pubic bone or pain down the inside of your legs – usually occurs after 20 weeks.

It is due to instability and inflammation at the pubic symphysis joint.

Causes include current or previous lower back or sacra-iliac joint problems, ligament loosening due to the hormone relaxin, hyper-mobility or underlying issues such as scoliosis or unequal pelvic height.

To help reduce and avoid pain…

  • Limit any heavy lifting or carrying.
  • Avoid stairs when possible.
  • Do not cross your legs & keep your legs together.
  • Avoid long walks – it may not be painful at the time, but pain can occur later in the day.
  • Use a maternity belt if on your feet for long periods of time.
  • Avoid exercises that load the pelvis like squats, lunges and stretches with the legs apart.
  • Inform your exercise instructor about your PGP.
  • Use a sidelying position during sex.

KEY TIP: Get treatment as soon as symptoms arise to prevent pain increasing throughout your pregnancy.

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