Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy
What is Symphysis pubis dysfunction? SPD, or PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) as it is commonly known, is a group of symptoms that cause discomfort in the pelvic region. It usually occurs during pregnancy, when your pelvic joints become stiff or move unevenly.
The most common symptoms are difficulty when walking and wrenching pain (as though your pelvis is tearing apart). Typically, the pain is around the pubic area, but in some, it can radiate to the upper thighs, back and perineum. The pain can worsen when you’re walking and doing weight-bearing activities, particularly those that involve lifting one leg like climbing stairs, getting dressed, getting in and out of a car, or even turning over in bed.
SPD happens when the ligaments that usually keep your pelvic bone aligned during pregnancy become too relaxed and stretchy soon before birth (as delivery nears, things are supposed to start loosening up).
This, in turn, can make the pelvic joint unstable, causing some pretty strange sensations, including pelvic pain.
There are various exercises you can do to help relieve the pain, which a physiotherapist would be able to help you with. If you find yourself experiencing this, ensure you discuss it with your physician to help you manage this and reduce discomfort as much as possible.