Pregnancy App Article: "What to expect: Pelvic girdle pain"

Week 25
Pelvic girdle pain (SPD)
Required. The title of the article
Sub Title
A right pain in your proverbial
A very short sub heading, six-seven words.
A short summary, a sentence or two. May be left blank.
Lead Image
Required. An illustrative image for the article. Recommended size is 1242 x 1700. Insert the image directly - do not include any other text or HTML.
Thumbnail Image
CURRENTLY NOT USED. A thumbnail image for the article. Minimum recommended size is 200px by 125px and the recommended aspect ratio is 1.6 width to 1 height. Insert the image directly - do not include any other text or HTML. May be left blank.
Body 1
Pelvic girdle pain sounds ever so Victorian. It used to be called symphysis pubis dysfunction, which is rather a mouthful, so perhaps its new moniker is better, despite the images of frilly bloomers it conjures. Whatever name it goes by, it bloody hurts.

It can start any time in your pregnancy and usually causes pubic pain and tenderness, difficulty walking, especially up stairs or getting up from a chair and pain if you lift something (like a toddler). It can hurt when you roll over in bed, make you waddle when you walk and give you lower back pain and knee pain.

The symptoms are partly caused by a hormone called 'relaxin' (fat chance of that) softening the pelvic ligaments. There are other factors, such as your pelvic floor muscles being stretched and less effective at supporting your pelvis and the pelvic joint at the front of the pelvis widens in pregnancy - although the amount of widening is not directly related to pelvic pain.

If you’ve had lower back pain or pelvic pain before, you have an increased risk of pelvic girdle pain. Special exercises from a physiotherapist can help, as can a pelvic support belt.

You can get more comfortable by moving within your pain limits and exercising gently in water - avoid breaststroke with its froggy leg movements, however.

This condition will not affect your ability to give birth and the pain should go a few weeks after you’ve had the baby. But it can be really miserable and overshadow your pregnancy, so make sure you get physiotherapy help and advice.
Required. Do not embed images in the body
Each quote consists of the quote itself, plus the author. After the first one the rest are optional
Quote 1
A physio will be able to advise exercises and positions that will help, as well as the ones to really, really avoid. The only way to ease the pain is to do absolutely nothing and rest - that's not easy though.
Author 1
Quote 2
I’m 25 weeks and already in eye-watering pain; I had no idea that pregnancy had this nice element to it.
Quote 2 - Author
Quote 3
Quote 3 - Author
Quote 4
Quote 4 - Author
Quote 5
Quote 5 - Author
Body 2

May be left blank, if body is long and there is a natural break to have quotes appear use this secondary body. Do not embed images in the body
Talk Link
A talk URL related to this article. This should just be the URL; not a link.
Talk Link Text
A pain shared is a pain halved?
The text for the link to a talk thread. This should just be the text of the link; not a URL which should instead be entered above.
This is used to encourage users to capture something in their journal. For example, "Take a picture!"
API Link