Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic Pain in pregnancy is horrible! Its not just your normal aches and pains that you experience in pregnancy - this is next level! Kirsty the Physiotherapist at Palms Physiotherapy has first hand experience in this - in all 3 of her pregnancies she experienced this - so she has a lot of empathy and knowledge in how to treat this!
Pelvic pain may occur because of:
These changes can place increased strain on the pelvic joints making the joints inflamed and painful.
What you might feel
Clicking, locking or grinding in the pelvic joints.
Pain in the front or the back of the pelvis, buttocks, groin and/or radiating into the thighs. The shaded areas in the picture below are where pain commonly occurs.
Activities that may increase your pelvic girdle pain
Getting in and out of the car or bed
Rolling in bed
Deep squatting or lunging
Going up and down stairs
Standing on one leg (e.g. dressing – putting on pants)
Moving from sitting to standing
High impact exercise (e.g. running and jumping activities)
Tips to manage your pelvic girdle pain
To avoid increasing pelvic girdle pain:
Don’t push through pain.
Take smaller steps when walking.
Walk shorter distances.
Reduce heavy lifting and pushing and pulling activities such as vacuuming.
Break up large tasks into smaller activities.
Rest in between activities.
Keep your knees together when rolling in bed.
Roll under rather than over when rolling in bed.
Sleep on your side with a pillow in between your legs.
Get in and out of bed with your knees together.
During your Physiotherapy consult, we have a specially designed "Belly Pillow" that allows you to comfortably lay on your belly for treatment on your back! (See Below Image)