Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) refers to pain or discomfort around the pelvis, and includes the Sacro-Iliac Joint (SIJ) and the Pubic Symphysis (PS). As with any pain, the severity can vary greatly between women. PGP often occurs during pregnancy due to the hormonal and physical changes a woman experiences during this time.

What might I feel?

  • discomfort may be felt in the back of the pelvis and/or down the back of the legs
  •  there may be discomfort around the front of the pelvis, in the groin or genitals, the thighs or in the low abdominal area
  • pain may feel sharp or dull
  • symptoms often occur with activities such as climbing stairs, getting dressed, getting in/out of the car or in/out of bed
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What can I do to manage my symptoms?

  • Seek advice from a physiotherapist to determine the cause of your symptoms and which specific exercises can help you
  • Wear low heeled comfortable shoes
  • ‘Pace’ your activities – try to reduce non-essential activities in standing (e.g. standing for long periods or using stairs)
  • Try sitting while getting dressed
  • Get fitted for a suitable compression support or brace (our physios can help with this)

Whilst uncomfortable, Pelvic Girdle Pain is most likely not harmful to your baby and you are likely to make a full recovery.