Low back pain and pelvic girdle pain (PGP) are commonly reported in the pregnant population. Pelvic girdle pain encompasses pain in the pelvis, buttock and pubic symphysis. It is very unlikely for people to report pelvic girdle pain if they are not pregnant. In most cases, this pain resolves immediately after the birth.

There are many things you can do yourself to help manage pelvic girdle pain:


1) Relative rest – acknowledge that you are pregnant and let your body rest when it needs to
2) Space out household tasks – spread out manual tasks over the week, rather than trying to do them all at once
3) Try to maintain some exercise – this may need to be modified such as getting in the pool but generally movement will help
4) Keep your pelvis neutral – avoid twisting and standing on one leg. Get dressed sitting down. Limit stairs if you can. Sleep with a pillow between your knees.

For more intensive treatment and specific strategies, seeing a physiotherapist can also help. At Leonie Mills Physio you will be provided with a full assessment and management plan for the remainder of your pregnancy. This could include manual therapy such as massage and gentle mobilisation as well as strengthening exercises to support your pelvis. Leonie is also able to provide education regarding how your body is changing in pregnancy and what you can expect along the way.


For further information, call Leonie on 9143 1510 or book online