Pelvic Girdle Pain is pain in the pelvis during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your body creates a hormone called relaxin that softens your ligaments, making your pelvis more mobile and allowing your baby to pass through (slightly!) more comfortably during birth.
Whilst this increased mobility of your pelvis generally does not cause discomfort, there are some side effects to this change in your body that could prove painful.
What causes Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)?
There are a number of causes of pain in the pelvic area during pregnancy, the following are particularly common and can be eased with the help of our trained chiropractors:
- Your pelvic joints moving unevenly and as a result, other joints become irritated
- One of your pelvic joints may not be working as well as the other, causing pain as a result
- Reduced support of your pelvic girdle joints due to a change in muscle
What are the symptoms of PGP?
The way in which pregnancy affects the body is different for every woman, and the level of discomfort felt by those suffering with pelvic girdle pain also differs greatly. Classic symptoms of PGP include:
- Pain in the groin area
- Pain in the lower back
- Pain in the sacroiliac joints
- Pain in the symphysis pubis joint
How is Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) treated?
The key to easing PGP during pregnancy is to work with a chiropractor that specialises in prenatal care. We can help to manipulate your body, easing joint pain and guiding your pelvic pain towards the balance necessary to rid you of discomfort and help ensure that your pregnancy is the peaceful experience it should be.