It is thought that a combination of hormonal changes that soften your ligaments, postural changes due to pregnancy and the increased pressure on your pelvis due to the weight of your baby all contribute to Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).
It can start at any stage of your pregnancy but usually peaks at 24-36 weeks. If you have it early in your pregnancy, it does not mean that you will have it for your entire pregnancy.
The sooner you have it treated with a Chartered Physiotherapist specializing in Womens Health the better the outcome.
If you have PGP you should attend our Chartered physiotherapist here at PhysioPlus who specialises in women’s health and pregnancy related conditions.
Treatment will normally include a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue massage and exercises to restore strength and flexibility to the muscles around the pelvis, pelvic floor activation exercises, TENS and acupuncture.
Pelvic belts may give relief to some women with PGP but in some cases they can make the pain worse. It is advisable to have a full physiotherapy assessment to ensure that treatment is individualised to suit your needs.
For most women, the pain has completely resolved by 6 months after the birth of baby, with only 5% of women reporting pain beyond that point.
Having a check up at PhysioPlus once your baby is 6 weeks old is important to make sure your back, pelvis, abdominals and pelvic floor muscles are all returning to normal function and to prevent potential problems in the future.
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