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pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy

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are you pregnant and do you suffer from pelvic girdle pain?

Otherwise known as PGP, pelvic girdle pain can be experienced during pregnancy (1 in 5 pregnancy) and cause a fair bit of discomfort.

It can vary from being located in the lower back or at the level of the pubic bone (forward, just at the level of the pubis).⁠

Pain is usually present when walking; going up the stairs; moving your knees apart; and turning in bed. ⁠

It happens as the ligaments and joints in your body become looser due to the relaxin and progesterone hormones, especially at the level of your pelvis.
This helps your body changes/adapts as baby is growing, as well as preparing your pelvis for the delivery of your baby.⁠

There are small things you can do to help with those pains:⁠
– staying active but getting a good amount of rest⁠
– doing smaller steps when walking⁠
– try to avoid moving your legs separately (ie when getting out of bed/out of the car, try to keep your legs together to avoid additionial tension on your pubic symphysis)⁠
– changing your position regularly (staying less than 30 min still)⁠
– getting dressed and undressed sitted⁠
– lying on the less painful side while sleeping⁠
– using a pregnancy pillow in bed under bump and in between your legs for support⁠
– wear a pregnancy support belt (physiomat is a great recommendation)⁠

how can we help?

at neo ldn we are specialised in pregnancy/perinatal health and used to support patients with Pelvic Girdle Pain in pregnancy. On top of your specialised osteopathy treatment to help your body, you will have a thorough personalised program with strengthening exercises and helpful movements.

Contact us today for more information.