Top Ten tips for women experiencing pelvic pain in pregnancy Tasha Cooper

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Abstract

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) used to be known assymphysis pubis dysfunction(SPD) and is often still called this by women and health practitioners. A clear reason for the change in terminology has not been stated, but it would seem that PGP is a more encompassing term for a range of symptoms experienced by women in pregnancy, as SPD is less inclusive of pain that may emanate from or involve areas other than the symphysis pubis. Symptoms of PGP can involve pain in either the ligaments or joints around the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis or the ligaments around the sacroiliac joints at the back of the pelvis. The pain can often radiate to the groin area, the lower back, or tops of the thighs. Some women may find that the pain resolves immediately after birth, whereas others may continue to experience pain during the postnatal period (Clark et al 2013, Stomp-van den Berg et al 2012).

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