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.