Pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy (previously called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD) is a very common complaint which can affect 1 in 5 women. Pain can be felt anywhere around the pelvic joints at the back or front of your pelvis and symptoms can vary in intensity from person to person. Physiotherapy can significantly help you to get back to normal and prevent deterioration. A thorough assessment will lead to an individualised treatment plan and treatments may include exercise, posture advice, manual treatment techniques and use of support belts if required.
A diastasis recti is where the two muscles that run down the middle of your stomach separate during pregnancy. This is a natural separation and not a split or torn muscle. A noticeable bulge may also be seen especially when getting out of the bath or getting out of bed. A gap of less than 3cm during pregnancy and after delivery is considered normal but if the gap is greater than this then physiotherapy would be advised. Treatment can occur both during pregnancy and after your baby is born and consists of an assessment and management plan individualised to your needs.