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Pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy

Published: 26/06/2015

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) is common, affecting 1 in 5 pregnant women, and can affect your mobility and quality of life. Pain when you are walking, climbing stairs and turning over in bed are common symptoms of PGP. However, early diagnosis and treatment can relieve your pain.

This information leaflet covers:

  • What pelvic girdle pain is and what causes it
  • Symptoms of PGP
  • What to do to help symptoms
  • Treatment options and choices around birth
  • What to expect after birth

This information has been developed by the RCOG Patient Information Committee.

It is based on the article ‘Symphysis pubis dysfunction: a practical approach to management’ published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (2006;8:153–8), and on information from Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) and Pelvic Partnership

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