Pelvic girdle pain also known as PGP is a common affliction issues amongst pregnant women. It affects 1 in 5 pregnant women and can affects your mobility and quality of life.
It refers to pelvic discomfort/pain related to pregnancy around the pelvis and lower back area.
What are the symptoms of PGP?
Symptoms includes pain around the hip joints, pubic bone pain, difficulty walking, difficulty turning over in bed
What causes PGP?
PGP is usually caused by the changed of posture during the pregnancy as well as the weight of the baby in the womb which can lead to imbalance in the pelvis. The Relaxin hormone during the pregnancy has its role too as it “relaxes” the joints in order to create space for the growth of the baby, ultimately the joints are less stables and this lead to a compensation of the muscles.
Can PGP be treated?
Yes, Manual therapy by an osteopath or a physiotherapist specialised in pregnancy can help alleviate your symptoms.
Your Practitioner will advice you on exercises and stretching to help yourself at home.
Pilates and Yoga with an instructor specialised in pregnancy is also a good activity to keep mobile and pain free all along pregnancy.
The uses of a pregnancy support belt is a good idea to bring support to your pelvis.
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