Many women (45-50%) experience pregnancy-related low back or pelvic girdle pain, with more than 80% of these women experiencing difficulties with daily living, and up to 30% requiring bed rest and leading to absence from work. Pelvic girdle pain refers to pain in the symphysis pubis and/or pain in the region of one or both of the sacroiliac joints, and pain in the gluteal region. Pain is often aggravated during standing, walking, sitting, twisting, climbing of stairs, and turning while in bed . The pain with pelvic girdle pain is intermittent, there is no restriction of lumbar spine or hip movement, and it is often described as a stabbing, burning, dull, or shooting pain.
Most women will be recommended to see a physiotherapist during pregancy if they experience pelvic pain.
It generally resolves in a few weeks or within the month following delivery, however in 8-10% of women pain can be experienced for 1-2 years. Extra support and postnatal physiotherapy may also be required.