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Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain is treatable.

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), formerly known as Symphsis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). There is a wide range of symptoms and the severity varies between women. In most cases PGP is a treatable condition by an experienced manual therapist at any stage of pregnancy.

The Pelvic Partnership charity can help you by offering evidence-based information to support you towards making a full recovery as quickly as possible.


Do I have PGP?

The main symptoms are pain while walking, climbing stairs and turning over in bed. This means that it affects virtually everything you do in a day, which can have a major impact on your life. Pain can be at the front and/or back of your pelvis, at any stage during or after pregnancy.

> What is PGP?




Can PGP be treated?

Yes! PGP is treatable at any stage of pregnancy or postnatally as soon as you feel able to visit a experienced manual therapist (physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor). PGP is caused by the joints in the pelvis not moving symmetrically or becoming stuck, which means it is easy to treat.

> Treatment


What can I do to make things easier?

PGP presents many day-to-day challenges in looking after yourself, your family and your home, as well as managing work and leisure time.

Don't just put up with it! Start by asking for a referral for treatment. Then read these pages...

> Practical and emotional help




Will it affect my birth?

Even women with severe pain, including those on crutches and using wheelchairs, can have a positive normal birth experience when they are well supported by the team caring for them.

It may come as a considerable relief to learn that having PGP does not mean that your birth options are limited.

> Pregnancy and Birth