The Amazing Stretching Pelvis - What a Pain!

Pelvic Instability causes marked pelvic joint pain in some women during pregnancy. This excerpt from my book, ‘Hold it Sister’, provides useful practical advice on how to prevent and minimise the symptoms.

 As pregnancy progresses, some women suffer with worsening pain due to Pelvic Instability, often aggravated by poor control and strength of the inner core of muscles. Intense pain presents in the lower back, sacroiliac joints, buttocks, pubic symphysis and groin, making it difficult to walk and change positions. If you are suffering with pelvic pain:

·         Try wearing a sacroiliac support belt or an abdominal support to control the pain.

·         Control your posture by growing tall and lengthening through the top of your head.

·         Learn to lift and strengthen pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.

·         Choose upright chairs, which support the lower back.

·         Avoid sitting on the floor and sitting with legs continuously crossed.

·         Put a back cushion in the car to keep the small curve in your lower back. Sleep with a pillow between your knees.

·         Keep knees together when rolling out of bed or when getting out of car.

·         Wear low-heeled shoes.

·         Avoid heavy lifting eg. carrying a child up a flight of stairs will flare up pelvic joint symptoms.

·         Use massage and local heat to ease tightness in low back and buttock muscles

·         Arch backwards slightly when you cough instead of forwards.

Visit your physiotherapist early to control the pain.