Pregnancy is a new and amazing experience. But how do you know the additional body pains you are feeling are normal or if they are more than the usual aches and pains?
Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy occurs in about 20% of women and can happen at any stage of pregnancy. It might involve the sacroiliac joint at the back or pubic symphysis pain at the front. It also can occasionally present as low back pain, referred leg pain or lower abdominal pain. This should be a new onset pain, & should not a recurrence of a pre-existing lower back or pelvic pain.However, on a more positive note, 90 percent of women fully recover from PGP within 3-12 months after delivery.
Causes of PGP
PGP generally starts around the 18th week and peaks between 24-26 weeks, however it might start earlier or later. The exact reason is unknown; however, it’s thought to be due to the changes in hormone levels plus biomechanical factors such as a decreased ability to transfer load through the pelvis, altered posture, altered centre of gravity, changes in pelvic support (muscular force) and changes in everyday activity.
Risk factors for developing PGP