13 Effective Precautions To Get Relief From Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a time that needs you to be extremely careful and alert.

All through your pregnancy, you may confront some form of pain. It might be in the abdomen, legs or pelvic area. Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is common during pregnancy and affects a majority of women. It can start towards the end of the first trimester, or even in the last trimester.

Causes Of Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy:

There are a number of bones and joints that make up the pelvic area. Pelvic bones are joined in the front by a bone called symphysis pubis. Ligaments support all these bones and keep them placed tightly together.

When you are expecting, a number of factors may cause pelvic pain during pregnancy:

  • The hormone relaxin, which is secreted at this time, makes your ligaments loose in order to facilitate birth. It will also stretch the ligaments in the pelvic area, making them unstable.
  • The pelvic muscles have to support additional weight of your baby
  • Towards the end of the term, the head of your baby receding lower can cause the pain.
  • Even the changing position of your growing baby can trigger pain.
  • The joints, which are normally tightly held, become loose and move more freely. This causes pain to you.

Whatever be the cause, the result is the same; acute pain and discomfort.

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Symptoms Of Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy:

When you are suffering from PGP, you may encounter these symptoms:

  • Inability to walk properly; you may waddle if the pain is too much.
  • Problem in standing up and moving from a sitting position.
  • Pain in lower back, around the hip joints.
  • Turning around in bed will be difficult without support.
  • Pain in thighs or even lower legs due to pressure on veins.
  • Difficulty in lifting and parting legs due to restricted hip movement.
  • A clicking sound from the pelvic girdle, as the bones rubs against each other.
  • Changes in bowel and bladder functioning. You may have to visit the washroom often or experience indigestion.

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Relief From Pelvic Girdle Pain In Pregnancy:

While the pain is likely to continue till the end of your pregnancy and even some time after you have given birth, the following precautions will provide some respite:

  1. Consult your doctor and take a pain relieving medicine or apply an ointment as prescribed.
  2. Physiotherapy will help. It must be done by professionals who are experienced in treating pregnant women.
  3. Physiotherapist will study the joints to see how they move and where exactly the problem is. Accordingly they will assist you in doing exercises and will provide massage.
  4. When moving your legs, try to keep them as close as possible. For instance, when getting out of the car, swivel around in the seat and then get up.
  5. Place a pillow between your legs when sleeping to keep the hip joint aligned properly.
  6. Do light exercises to strengthen the lower back and pelvic floor. Consulting a trainer or doctor before doing these exercises is advisable.
  7. Avoid squatting or sitting down on the floor.
  8. When dressing, do not stand on one leg. Sit down and then pull up the skirt or pajamas.
  9. Avoid bending down to pick things.
  10. When carrying some load, distribute the weight in both hands.
  11. Do not sit down with legs stretched straight for a long time.
  12. Keep your back straight and do not slump when you sit. Having adequate support for the back will be useful.
  13. Wear flat shoes and comfortable undergarments. Tight elastics around the pelvic area can aggravate the pain.

By following these tips you will be able to reduce the discomfort caused due to pelvic pain in pregnancy to a certain extent.

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  • Pelvic girdle pain is mostly experienced at the end of the day, when your body is tired.
  • Though it is usual, it causes ample uneasiness and must be reported to your doctor.
  • In some cases, it might make vaginal birth difficult.
  • Just keep your movements slow and steady and ask your partner for support.

We hope our little guide on PGP helps you handle the situation effectively. It is always better to consult your doctor whenever you feel the first pangs of the pain. This will aid you to ensure complete health safety to yourself and your growing baby inside.

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