An expecting mother experiences a series of ups and downs in her 9 months of the pregnancy journey. Sometimes it’s the cravings, nausea, morning sickness while others the hospital visits and the happy moments with their partner. One such experience that most expecting mothers have to deal with is the pelvic pain during pregnancy.
Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) is the pain a pregnant lady experiences around 1 in 5 women anywhere in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, hips, groin or pubic bones. Pelvic pain may range from mild to severe pain that restricts you from your daily activities. PGP may start at any time during pregnancy, labour or in the weeks after giving birth.
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Even normal activities can be painful during PGP:
The symptoms of PGP are:
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What causes Pregnancy-related Pelvic girdle pain?
While it’s hard to say what causes PGP, usually there is a combination of factors causing PGP includes pelvic girdle or joints moving unevenly, hypermobility syndrome or previous trauma to the pelvis. Poor muscle function in the back, tummy and pelvis at the beginning of pregnancy is also related to severe pain and disability throughout pregnancy, a small number of women have pain in the pelvic joint caused by hormones and occasionally, the position of the baby may produce symptoms related to PG
How to cope with PGP?
The expecting moms suffering from PGP are suggested to try the following:
What are the exercises you can do while
It's important to remember that PGP affects women differently what works for one person might not work for another. Some women report pain while walking others say that swimming or aqua natal exercises are fine. It's important to be person-specific and do exercises under the supervision of a physiotherapist to strengthen your Pelvic floor, stomach and back
Labour and childbirth with PGP
Women with pelvic pain in pregnancy can have a normal vaginal birth. Plan ahead and talk about your birth plan with your doctor and physiotherapist. Ask them about the positions that may be more comfortable for you during labour and the delivery of your baby.
With proper awareness and guidance, you can easily deal with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. On Cloudnine, we believe pregnancy should be the most memorable experience for every mother. We take every effort to make it the easiest for all our loving moms-to-be. Cloudnine’s expert physiotherapists can be a great help for you dealing with your physical fitness and issues like PGP during pregnancy.
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