Pain in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women, but it can also come with its fair share of discomforts. One of the most common issues experienced during pregnancy is pelvic girdle pain (PGP). This type of pain can range from mild to severe and can occur in the front or back of the pelvis, or even in the hips and thighs.

The good news is that PGP is treatable, and physiotherapy can be an effective way to manage this condition. A physiotherapist can work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that may include exercises to strengthen and stabilize the pelvic muscles, stretches to improve flexibility, and manual therapy techniques to improve joint mobility.

It is important to note that PGP can also occur post-natally, as the body continues to adjust and recover from the physical stress of pregnancy and childbirth. In fact, up to one-third of women may continue to experience PGP after giving birth.

If you are experiencing PGP during pregnancy, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider and get a referral to a physiotherapist who specializes in prenatal care. They can help you manage your pain and discomfort, and develop a plan to prepare your body for labor and delivery.

In addition to physiotherapy, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to manage PGP during and after pregnancy. These may include avoiding activities that aggravate your pain, using supportive devices such as a pregnancy belt or pelvic support garment, and modifying your sleeping position to reduce pressure on your pelvis.

It is important to remember that PGP is a common condition and you are not alone in experiencing it. With the right treatment and support, you can manage your pain and continue to enjoy your pregnancy and postpartum journey.