During the unique journey of pregnancy, many expectant mothers encounter various physical changes and discomforts — one such discomfort being pelvic pain.
It’s understandable that any occurrence of pain can cause worry and anxiety, especially when you’re carrying a little one.
But, here’s some comforting news: More often than not, pelvic pain during pregnancy is quite normal.
Many mothers-to-be experience this and it’s usually nothing to fret about. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on this common concern, its causes, and how to conquer pelvic pain during pregnancy. So, sit back and let’s ease those worries together!
How Common Is Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy?
Pelvic pain during pregnancy is actually quite commonplace, affecting a significant number of expectant mothers.
It’s one of those common discomforts that pregnancy brings along. We understand that experiencing it can be distressing and might lead you to think something is wrong.
But the reality is, in most cases, it’s a standard part of the pregnancy process, similar to morning sickness or fatigue. Just as each pregnancy is unique, so too is the experience of pelvic pain – some may feel it more intensely or frequently, while others might experience it only occasionally.
Please remember, that experiencing pelvic pain does not mean you are doing anything wrong or that there is necessarily a problem. We’re here to reassure you that you’re not alone in this, and it’s perfectly okay to seek guidance and support when you need it!
Causes Of Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy
The causes of pelvic pain during pregnancy are diverse and largely linked to the natural changes your body is undergoing.
One of the most common sources is a condition called ‘symphysis pubis dysfunction’ (SPD). Simply put, this happens when the ligaments that normally keep your pelvic bone aligned become too relaxed and stretchy due to hormonal changes.
This results in the pelvic bone becoming unstable, causing discomfort or pain.
Another cause is ’round ligament pain’, which is typically experienced in the second trimester. Your body builds the round ligaments to support your growing uterus, and as they stretch, you might feel sharp, jabbing sensations in your lower belly or hip area.
Lastly, pressure from your baby’s head can also lead to pelvic pain, as it can compress nerves in your lower spine. This is more common as you approach your due date and your baby settles into the pelvis in preparation for birth.
While these aches and pains can be disconcerting, they are typically a normal part of pregnancy’s physical changes.
Getting Through Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy
Managing pelvic pain during pregnancy requires a combination of care, caution, and physical activity.
First, ensure that you maintain good posture—avoid standing or sitting in one position for too long, and when lifting objects, bend at your knees, not your waist.
When standing, imagine a straight line running from your ear, through your shoulder, hip, and knee, down to the middle of your ankle. This visualization can help you in keeping your body aligned. It’s also beneficial to engage your core and tuck in your pelvis slightly, which can take some pressure off your lower back.
Second, engage in pregnancy-safe exercises, such as prenatal yoga or swimming, which can help strengthen your muscles and increase flexibility.
Third, consider seeking the assistance of an osteopath specializing in pregnancy-related concerns (like us!) We can provide specific exercises and techniques to support you, and your baby, and alleviate your pain.
Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of rest—ensure you’re getting adequate sleep and take short breaks whenever necessary during the day.
Are You Concerned About Your Pelvic Pain In Pregnancy?
Here at Focus Osteopathy, we know how daunting it can be for new mums if they experience pelvic pain and it can often be a worry. But we don’t want you to stress!
Instead, we’re here to help you with any concerns you have about your pelvic health and to listen to your worries and put them at ease.
This month, we’re offering you the chance to take the first step to a pelvic pain-free pregnancy with a free mom-ready assessment. During your free mom-ready assessment, you will be able to speak to one of our resident osteopaths who have years of experience behind them and find out the actual cause of your pelvic pain and work with you to find the best solution.
If this sounds like the answer to the pain that you’ve been searching for, arrange your free mom-ready assessment by filling in our simple web form or call our Mount Waverley or Murrumbeena clinic at 1300 003 007 and a member of the team will be happy to help!
Other Free Resources For Pregnancy
Why not download our free pregnancy-related pain report to get 7 ways to journey through pregnancy including support to empower yourself and your little one to prepare for labour and recover well after birth?
Read Our Blog – What Pelvic Floor Exercises Should I Actually Be Doing?