Pelvic Girdle Pain – the how, what and why of it
The super quick run down on pelvic girdle pain –
During pregnancy the surge of hormones causes the passive structures in our body to relax, in order to allow for birth. This can mean lose joints, which can result in pain.
It generally occurs in one of two places –
the pubic symphysis – which is the little junction at the front of the pelvis
the sacroiliac joints (SIJ) – which feels like the lower back, and down into the hips and butt
How it can effect you
PGP can cause a lot of pain and discomfort throughout pregnancy, and even post. While it’s always best to ‘prevent’ by starting your exercise before you get pregnant – let’s face it – the world doesn’t always allow for even the best laid plans. Instead, start the right exercises – for the right areas, and look after yourself during this precious and short time.
Which are the ‘right’ areas should I focus on?
Maintain 3 areas of stability and strength before, during and after pregnancy to stay away from pelvic girdle pain:
1 – your glutes
2 – your abdominal wall – those deep ‘core’ muscles integrated with your lower back
3 – your pelvic floor
Can you do anything about PGP once you have it?
Mostly it’s something to be managed, rather than ‘cured’ during pregnancy.
Avoid doing the things that can cause instability – read my top tips by clicking here
Does it automatically go away once the baby is born?
While symptoms can go away, it’s important to regain strength and function post birth otherwise a relapse is common.
The best insurance against pain and future injuries that slow you down is to do a post natal exercise program designed to rehabilitate, stabilise and strengthen. Whoever you work with, ensure they are qualified and know their talk. Pay attention to your results with any professional that you see. Every body is different and you need to find the right thing for you.