A common presentation during and after pregnancy is either low back or pelvic pain and although most of these symptoms usually resolve in the few weeks after giving birth some women do however experience more significant pelvic pain during & after their pregnancy which results in persistent pain & reduced function. These women should to be assessed by a physiotherapist who has specific experience in treating pregnancy related pelvic dysfunction.
During pregnancy the mother’s body will undergo some extraordinary changes mainly to the physiology and anatomy but also structurally to the pelvis as it prepares itself for the delivery of the baby. In order to allow for the baby’s passage through the pelvis the mother’s body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens the ligaments of the pelvis. As a result, these joints move more during and just after pregnancy.