Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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Pubic Symphysitis: A common cause of pain in pregnancy

Pubic symphysitis is one of the most common causes of pain in pregnancy. It can manifest as pain on one side of the lower back, pain radiating into one or both groin areas, or pain around the pubic bone.

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Pubic symphysitis is one of the most common causes of pain in pregnancy. It can manifest as pain on one side of the lower back, pain radiating into one or both groin areas, or pain around the pubic bone. Pubic symphysitis results when the ligaments and joints of the pelvis become relaxed due to the hormones of pregnancy and become inflamed by certain movement. Pubic symphysitis generally onsets after 20 weeks of pregnancy but it may occur earlier. The pain of pubic symphysitis is felt when walking (particularly up and down stairs), getting up after sitting, rolling over in bed, getting in and out of the car or standing for long periods. You can reduce the symptoms of pubic symphysitis by modifying movements that exacerbate the pain and wearing specially designed support belts if needed. Women having subsequent babies seem to suffer more from this condition and this is probably due to the fact they are carrying around a toddler, resting less and bending down to pick up toys all the time!

Things you can do to alleviate pubic symphysitis

Sometimes simply changing the way you move about will reduce the symptoms of pubic symphysitis. If this does not occur then a specially fitted support belt can be obtained from the physiotherapists or midwives in your hospital. The belt goes around your pelvis and decreases the friction in your joints. Some people find ice packs on the pubic area soothing. Once you have had the baby the pain will lessen but it does not always disappear immediately. Be patient you will get your body back!