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When the Diagnosis is Pelvic Girdle Pain, Not Sciatica

So you thought sciatica was the reason for your pregnancy lower back, buttocks and even leg pain, but it turns out that pelvic girdle pain, abbreviated as PGP, is the culprit of your sleepless nights and aching body. ┬áNow you are on a quest to find out just what your diagnosis means and how you can change your lifestyle to alleviate some of that belly soreness! Let’s take a look at some of your options for pelvic girdle pain treatment.

Medical Pelvic Girdle Pain Treatment

See a Physiotherapist: What exactly does a physiotherapist do to help relive you pelvic girdle pain? When you see a physiotherapist, he or she will put pressure on or even move your joints, spine and hips as a way of reducing your PGP

  • manually
  • through the use of exercise (sometimes water exercises!)
  • with equipment (e.g. pelvic support belt, crutches)

Once those parts of your body are popped into a better position, your body will be able to function with greater ease, sometimes even eliminating PGP completely. Beside easing or eliminating your PGP symptoms, physiotherapy can make your pelvic region more stable and function better, which will help avoid future pain and potentially sciatica. Your physiotherapist can also provide you with valuable advice about lifestyle changes to make, including adjustments to your sex life as well as birthing positions.

Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes solving your pelvic girdle pain is as simple as making some lifestyle changes, which simply means being more careful about what activities you do and avoid throughout your day.

Activities to Avoid

  • going up and down stairs (an excuse to ride that elevator!). If you have to use the stairs, take it one step at a time.
  • strenuous exercise (while regulated exercise can decrease your PGP, large, frequent dosages can do increase that pregnancy pain)
  • ditch those heels, and slip on those flats
  • getting dressed? Sit down to put on those pants or skirt! Balancing on one leg to slip on an outfit can cause your PGP to flare up.
  • sex positions that cause pain (opt for ones that require you to get down on all fours, as those tend to not upset your joints as much)
  • lifting or pushing heavy objects (get someone else to bring those groceries in for you!)
  • carrying anything. (you might want to invest in a backpack during your pregnancy days!)

Activities to Add to Your Weekly Routine

  • short, frequent amounts of exercise (try going for walks outside everyday! Just be sure you know when to call it quits; listen to your body)
  • carve out time in your day to rest
  • try a body pillow when you sleep (which is also suggested for sciatica pain!)

Now you know that not all pelvic girdle pain treatments require you to see a special doctor or buy expensive equipment; you can feel better just by making some lifestyle changes too! While it may take some experimentation to find which pelvic girdle pain treatment works best for you, it will be worth it! Keep your eye focused on the prize: a pregnancy without or will decreased PGP!

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