Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain

Do you have Pregnancy- Related Pelvic Girdle Pain?

Pregnancy- Related Pelvic Girdle Pain is caused by an imbalance in the pelvis that leads to buttock, pubic bone or low back pain. This increased motion of the pelvis is a common result of hormones that are released to allow the joints to loosen up in preparation for the birth of your child. Pelvic imbalances can cause pain during regular daily activities, such as walking, bending, or driving, making completing everyday tasks painful, if not impossible.

There are a few simple tests that you can perform at home that can let you know if you have Pelvic Girdle Pain. 

Test 1: Leg Lifts

While lying on your back, lift one leg up and then slowly lower it back down. Do the same with the other leg. You should be able to lift one just as easily as the other. If you find that it is more difficult for one, you should complete Test 2.

Test 2: Assisted Leg Lifts

Follow test one, but use your hands to press in on either side of your hips as if pushing them together. If it is easier to lift your legs, your symptoms are likely caused by pelvic imbalances and you should seek treatment. If it does not help, you should consult your physician to rule out other conditions.

Test 3: Leg Coordination

While standing, try to move something light, such as a piece of paper, with your foot. If this is easier with one leg, pelvic imbalance or injury is likely present and you should seek treatment.

So there you have it. A few simple tests to see if this is something you should be concerned about. But remember, when it comes to pregnancy, ask as many questions as you want about your body. You have precious cargo on board, so there are no stupid questions.

When it comes to seeking help, there are physiotherapists that have specific training in the treatment of pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy.  Pelvic health physiotherapists that have undergone training in pelvic pain or even Rost therapy would be the best professionals to see.

 

You can find a physiotherapist in your area with this training on these two websites:

  1. www.pelvichealthsolutions.ca
  2. www.rosttherapy.com
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