Tips From an Expert: Coping With Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Dealing with Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Tight hamstrings and bum muscles, common preggo muscle restrictions even for the fit, can also contribute to creating a constant pull or what we nerds call passive strain over the joint (as opposed to active strain caused by a muscle contraction pulling against the joint). So keeping those muscles the right length might also provide some relief from pull over that joint.

Symmetrical exercises of the lower body are a good move to prevent any shearing forces over that joint—squats instead of lunges, for example. Symmetrical movements can also help common trouble spots, like rolling in bed like a log, and then moving legs together off the side of the bed and pushing up off your elbow may help with your bed-related symptoms. Keeping your legs together as you get out of the car will ease the discomfort with that transition.

A big thanks to Julie for taking the time to shed some light on this type of pain. If you’re suffering, you can find a physical therapist in your area to help keep the pain in check until the big day arrives. Or, if you’re like me, tough it out and relish the good days!

Have you ever seen a physical therapist to help you out with pain or injury? Did it help? —Erin

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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.