Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy

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Navigating Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy: Finding Relief with Osteopathic Treatment

Pregnancy embodies a remarkable transformation, yet pelvic girdle pain can cast a shadow on this journey. As your body adapts to accommodate a growing baby, the pelvic girdle undergoes significant changes in alignment, mobility, and stress distribution. This can manifest as discomfort and pain, impacting daily life and well-being. However, you are not alone. Osteopathic treatment offers a safe and gentle approach to managing pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy, empowering you to experience greater comfort and functionality.

Understanding Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) in Pregnancy:

Several factors contribute to PGP during pregnancy, including:


  • Relaxin: This hormone, essential for childbirth, loosens ligaments and joints in the pelvis, including those stabilizing the pelvic girdle. While crucial, this increased laxity can lead to instability and pain.
  • Increased Weight: As your baby grows, the extra weight shifts your center of gravity, altering biomechanics and placing additional stress on the pelvic girdle.
  • Postural Changes: To accommodate the baby, your posture naturally shifts, potentially placing undue strain on the pelvic girdle joints and muscles.
  • Ligament Strain: The ligaments supporting the pelvic girdle can stretch and strain as your body prepares for childbirth.

Symptoms of PGP can include:


  • Sharp or dull pain:
    • In the lower back, groin, or pubic symphysis (front of the pelvis)
    • Radiating down the inner thigh
  • Pain that worsens with:
    • Walking, standing for prolonged periods, or climbing stairs
    • Rolling over in bed
    • Getting up from a sitting position

How Osteopathic Treatment Can Help Pelvic Girdle Pain:

Osteopathic treatment for pelvic girdle pain offers a non-invasive and effective approach to managing discomfort and promoting well-being. Here’s how:

  • Improved Mobility: Osteopaths use gentle joint mobilizations in the spine, pelvis, and surrounding joints to improve flexibility and range of motion, reducing stiffness and pain in the pelvic girdle.
  • Reduced Muscle Tension: Soft tissue techniques like massage can help relax tight muscles around the pelvis and hips, easing discomfort and improving circulation.
  • Postural Correction: Osteopaths can identify and address postural imbalances contributing to pelvic girdle pain. They can then provide guidance on exercises to improve your posture and alleviate stress on these areas.
  • Pelvic Alignment Optimization: Osteopathic techniques can help optimize pelvic alignment, promoting stability and reducing pain.
  • Supporting Ligaments and Joints: Osteopathic treatment can support weakened ligaments and joints by addressing restrictions and facilitating proper movement within the pelvic girdle.

Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment During Pregnancy:

    • Pain Management: Research suggests osteopathic treatment for pelvic girdle pain can be an effective tool to manage pain and improve mobility during pregnancy.
    • Improved Function: Reduced pain can significantly enhance your ability to perform daily activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy.
    • Promoting Relaxation: Gentle techniques can promote relaxation and reduce stress, both of which are crucial for a healthy pregnancy.
    • Preparation for Delivery: Improved pelvic alignment and flexibility can benefit both you and your baby during childbirth.

Remember: Early intervention is key. By seeking osteopathic treatment for pelvic girdle pain early on, you can take a proactive approach to managing your discomfort and improve your overall well-being throughout pregnancy.

Disclaimer: Consult your midwife or doctor before starting any new treatment during pregnancy.

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