During pregnancy, pelvic pain may occur in some women. This main may be due to a misalignment or stiffness of your pelvic joints at either the back or front of your pelvis. Also, a hormone called relaxin is produced during pregnancy which softens the ligaments to loosen up joints.
This does not affect the baby, but may cause severe pain to the mother and makes her movements difficult.
The symptoms may include pain over the pubic bone at the front in the centre or pain across one or both sides of your lower back. The pain may radiate to the thighs. Some women even feel a clicking or grinding in the pelvic area. The pain increases while walking, going upstairs and even turning over in bed. It can also be difficult to move legs apart.
- Sit down during work when possible (e.g. while preparing food, ironing)
- Try to avoid lifting and carrying.
- A pelvic support belt may provide immediate relief and can be worn safely during pregnancy.
- Exercises, especially for the tummy and pelvic floor, improve the stability of your pelvis and back.
- Bend the knees and keep the legs together when turning in bed.
- Put a pillow between the legs when in bed.
- Avoid twisting movements of the body.
Most symptoms resolve spontaneously after delivery.