Prenatal Pelvic Pain: Symptoms, Strategies to prevent & Exercises
During pregnancy, a women’s body undergoes many structural and hormonal changes to accommodate for the growing baby and prepare for birth. These changes cause muscle imbalance and joint relaxation, ie. instability, which can ultimately show up as discomfort or pain.
Pelvic pain is one such discomfort. You may have heard of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). These terms are sometimes used interchangeably however PGP describes pain at both the back and front of the pelvis while SPD centers at the front in the symphysis pubis, please refer to the diagram below.
PGP and SPD are not harmful to your baby, however as the name suggests it can be painful as well as restricting your ability to move with ease.