Tips for Relieving Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Does it ever feel like your pelvis on fire? Or like your pelvis is just not cooperating with you? Like one part seems to want to be moving in one direction, while the other in the complete opposite direction? Or that you can basically hear it rattle when you attempt to turn over in bed? Or how something that felt pretty ok in the morning can turn into such a completely and totally agonizing thing by the end of the day?

There are quite a few misconceptions surrounding pelvic pain during pregnancy, and what causes it, so let’s put a few of them to rest right here, shall we? A lot of women who are experiencing discomfort and/or pain in their pelvis during pregnancy are simply being told ”oh, how unfortunate! It’s hormonal! Your pelvis is too loose”.

There’s really nothing you can do about that pain other than just waiting it out until the baby is born. Do not buy into this explanation!

It is completely normal to experience your pelvic joints (and many other joints for that matter) becoming more lax or, ”loosening up”, during pregnancy. It is caused by an increase in hormones (especially one called relaxin).

This ”loosening” actually has to happen for your body to be able to accommodate all the changes that are going to happen during the 9 months it takes you to grow a human being inside of you. Imagine what it would be like to birth a baby if this wasn’t going on? The process I’m talking about here is referred to as ”the normal physiological loosening of the joints and connective tissue during pregnancy”. And it happens to everyone. All pregnant women. Also including the ones who experience absolutely no pain whatsoever during their pregnancy.

So, it’s not necessarily the hormones alone that’s causing your pelvis to ache or hurt. If that was really the case wouldn’t ALL pregnant women have pain then? The most plausible theory is that the pain is actually caused by hormonal changes in connection with poor biomechanics. Poor biomechanics referr to “poor movement of the joints and muscles”. Your pelvis may be misaligned and/or your pelvic and low back joints may not be moving properly (”locked up”). And you may have weak stabilizor muscles etc. Bekkenløsning/ (”loosening of pelvis”) : normal pattern and typically not associated with pain. And we all have it during pregnancy.

Bekkenlåsning/ (”locking up of pelvis”):

Definition: dysfunctional pattern, painful and affects roughly 9 out of 10 pregnant women.

What to do if you are experiencing pelvic pain or discomfort during pregnancy: - Seek out a musculoskeletal health-professional (chiropractor, osteopath, manual therapist etc.) specializing in treating pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy as soon as possible to get help and guidance.

Be proactive.

- Do not stop being active. If it is painful to move, simply lower the pace, interval and intensity of the activity. Or change activity to something lighter (i.e swimming or water based training).

- Make sure you get adequate and good quality rest and sleep. The more tired and exhausted you get, the more sensitive to pain and discomfort you get!


Love, Dr. Hilde

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