Understanding pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain

Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative experience for women, but it can also bring about certain challenges and discomforts.

One such challenge is pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP), a condition that affects many expectant mothers.

Keep reading to understand the causes, symptoms, and what physio can do for pregnancy-related PGP.

Understanding Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain

What is pregnancy-related PGP?

Pregnancy-related PGP refers to pain and discomfort experienced in the pelvic region during pregnancy.

It commonly affects the sacroiliac joints, located at the back of the pelvis, as well as the pubic symphysis, a joint at the front of the pelvis.

The exact causes of PGP are not fully understood, but hormonal changes, increased joint mobility, and the additional weight and strain on the pelvic area are believed to contribute to its development.

What are the symptoms?

Pregnancy-related PGP can manifest in various ways, and its severity may vary from woman to woman.

Some common symptoms include:

How can physio help

How can physio help?

While pregnancy-related PGP can be challenging, physiotherapy can play a crucial role in managing this condition, providing effective relief and support to expectant mothers.

Managing Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Girdle Pain

Managing pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain

Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain is a common condition that can impact expectant mothers’ daily lives and well-being.

By understanding the causes, recognising the symptoms, and implementing effective management strategies, women can find relief and navigate their pregnancy journey with greater comfort and confidence.

If you are experiencing pregnancy-related PGP, consult a physiotherapist who specialises in women’s health to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your unique needs!

Learn more about pregnancy and postnatal physiotherapy, or, find a Lifecare clinic near you.

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