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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP) IN PREGNANCY

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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP) IN PREGNANCY

 

1. What exactly is PGP?

Pain anywhere around the pelvis- front or back, or down the back of the legs.  

It doesn’t include pain in the lower back (spine), although this is also common in pregnancy.

 

 

2. How common is it?

Around 20% of pregnant women will suffer from PGP to some extent.

 

 

3. What are the symptoms?

Pain in the ‘tailbone’ or buttock region, the groin area, or down the back of the thigh with walking, standing, climbing stairs or opening the legs.

 

 

4. What are the causes?

No-one knows for sure.  The hormone ‘relaxin’, which helps prepare your body for delivery, may contribute.

 

 

5. Will it affect my ability to give birth?

Most likely not, although you may find labouring more comfortable in certain positions than others.

 

 

6. Will I return to ‘normal’ after the birth?

Most likely- 93% of women experience resolution of symptoms within 3 months post birth.

 

 

7. What should I do?

Your health and muscle tone will benefit from you keeping active, but also getting rest.  Listen to your body- it’ll tell you when enough is enough.

 

 

8. What should I avoid?

Sitting or standing for >30 minutes in one position.  Lifting, bending, or carrying whenever possible.  Sitting cross-legged or sitting on the floor.

 

 

9. Will it get worse throughout my pregnancy?

Possibly, but not always.  Better outcomes are usually expected if the condition is diagnosed and treated when symptoms first arise.

 

 

10. Will I have it in future pregnancies?

Unfortunately, it is more likely that you will experience PGP in a future pregnancy once you’ve had it once.  

 

 

If you would like more information, we’ve also discussed PGP in previous posts.  This includes treatment options here, and self management strategies here.

 

If you would like more personalised advice, give us a call on (03) 9372 7714 or book online today.