During pregnancy, some women can have discomfort as your baby grows and your pelvis expands. The hormone relaxin is secreted which helps everything expand for your baby to grow. Unfortunately, this also affects all joints in the body including your pelvis (pubic symphysis and sacroiliac joint or SIJ). Many pregnant women experience pain into their lower back, bottom, groin and down their legs. Often this is due to movement in the SIJ, tightening of the gluteal muscles and additional strain on the lower spine.
Common Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SIJ):
- Back or hip pain
- Groin, buttock and sciatic pain
- Often worse when you stand or walk and less painful when lying down, but not always
- It can sometimes be painful to sit cross-legged
- Painful to lie on your side for a long time
- Bending forward, stair climbing and standing from a seated position can also provoke sacroiliac pain
Any of our experienced physiotherapists or our women’s health physio’s can help make the countdown a little more bearable and get on top of your pain before it gets worse.
We can help you with a full assessment and diagnosis, massage, dry needling, exercises and stretches to relieve your tightening gluteals. We can also show you what will help avoid getting the SIJ pain again and fit you with a sacroiliac support belt if you need it.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t wait for it to get worse, make an appointment today with one of our experienced Physiotherapists to get you back to enjoying your pregnancy again.