Facts & myths

 Facts about PGP

  • Used to be known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • A mechanical condition
  • Treatable with manual therapy
  • Can occur at any stage in pregnancy
  • Can affect any woman
  • May continue for months or years postnatally
  • If managed well does not need to be so serious in a subsequent pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding makes no difference: best for mum and baby

Myths about PGP

  • A hormonal condition
  • Untreatable
  • Only occurs in late pregnancy
  • Affects women who are not active enough
  • Will get better as soon as the baby is born
  • Gets worse with each pregnancy
  • Will stop when you stop breastfeeding

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Content reviewed and updated in 2016.