Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain

Pelvic girdle pain or (PGP) is an umbrella term that covers all aspects of pelvic pain.This is common during pregnancy, labour or in the weeks after delivery. The pain may come from the lower back, stomach, buttocks, upper leg and may also include the pubic area. Pain here has previously been called symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD)

Symptoms of pelvic girdle pain (PGP) include

  • difficulty walking ( waddling gait)
  • pain standing on one leg e.g. climbing stairs
  • pain getting in and out of a bath
  • limited or painful hip abduction ( moving hip out to the side)
  • difficulty lying in some positions e.g. side-lying,
  • pain during normal activities of daily life and/or
  • pain and difficulty during sexual intercourse.


During pregnancy a growing baby can change a women’s centre of gravity and posture. Relaxin- a hormone released during pregnancy causes a relaxation of the ligaments in the body allowing the pelvis to expand in preparation for child birth.

Here at southside physiotherapy clinic we will thoroughly assess your pelvic joints and spine. Getting an early diagnosis can minimise pain and avoid long-term discomfort.

We will offer advice on how to minimise pain through making changes to your daily activities. We will guide you on how to strengthen your pelvic floor and deep stomach muscles and recommend any pelvic supports that may be helpful to reduce your symptoms.

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