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Prompt treatment can prevent the condition from worsening and appears to lead to a shorter overall recovery time.
The sooner you treat, the better the likely outcome
If PGP is treated early in the pregnancy, the aim is to reduce the pain and, hopefully, cure it completely. Fortunately, some women only ever need one treatment. However, if you have not received any treatment during pregnancy and have quite severe symptoms, it may take longer to get better. You should still expect to stop the pain getting worse, and possibly even improve it. You should expect some improvement in your pain, function and mobility after treatment.
If everything is moving as well as possible before the birth (i.e. the joints are moving symmetrically), women usually find that the pain resolves quite quickly after birth if the birth is well managed. Do not just wait for things to get better: postnatally, if your pain is going to resolve without treatment, it will usually do so within a couple of days of the birth. This happens in a small minority of women. If this does not happen (as in the majority of cases), you should ask for more treatment.
However, if you still have symptoms after you have your baby, this continues to be treatable. Do not just wait for it to go away, but continue to seek manual treatment. There is no need to wait a certain amount of time after the birth – as soon as you feel able to visit your manual therapist, you are ready for treatment. Many hospitals now offer manual treatment to women on the postnatal wards within hours of birth. As is the case before birth, the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you are likely to make your recovery.