Tips From an Expert: Coping With Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

pelvic-pain-pregnancy-585One of the beautiful things about the internet is that it connects you to people you never would have had contact with otherwise.

There’s something just lovely about knowing that others are suffering or have suffered the same ailments you do. Not that I want anyone to suffer, but misery loves company, right? Hearing my cries of pelvic pain, physical therapist Julie Wiebe reached out to me with help. Julie previously provided us with fantastic tips on what to do before getting pregnant, and now she’s got tips to help with my achy breaky pelvis. I’m passing the knowledge along in the hopes to help anyone else who may drawn the same short stick! Julie has more than 15 years of clinical experience in both sports medicine and women’s health, and she is particularly well versed in the health needs of women following pregnancy and childbirth.

Dealing with Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

One thing to consider/understand is that the pelvis is two big bones that connect in the front to create the symphysis pubis joint. It is actually a really tough joint, but pregnancy hormones are busy loosening it up to prep the pelvis for delivery. So it is a vulnerable spot, particularly if a mom is engaged in fitness activities that involve quick changes of direction (think tennis), or any activity where the foot and therefore the pelvis on one side of the body is planted while the other side goes the other direction (think lunges or even the simple act of walking). This can create some serious strain over the joint as the two sides of the pelvis are pulled in opposite directions. But it can also be something as simple as a bad step off a curb on an unsupported, hormone-made vulnerable joint, and a mom-to-be will be in lots of pain.

Here, Julie does a wonderful job explaining the problem:

Can’t see the video? Click here for a detailed explanation about symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).

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  2. Shannon Stolarick says:

    Thanks for the article. The pain from SPD or GPD is unbelievable and seems like it’s not very easy to avoid. My doctor warned me it will not get better, but there are ways to learn the manage the condition. I’ve spent hours reading about the condition and different ways to manage. I have a 12 month old and I am 35 weeks pregnant, so while many of the tips aren’t conducive to my life (don’t lift, avoid stairs, don’t vaccum- these things are not avoidable with an almost walking toddler). I have found a few things that really do help. My husband cut a thick piece of plastic for me to put under my hips when I sleep and this has helped tremendously!! I laugh about how glamorous my third trimester of pregnancy has been sleeping on a garbage bag (not really but kinda). I can’t say enough about the relief. Other things are keeping your legs together and balancing your torso over your pelvis before walking. Getting rid of the sway back as often as possible has helped a lot too.