About 5 to 10% of all pregnant women suffer from pelvic instability. 40 to 45% occasionally suffer from it and 50% are fortunate not to experience pelvic pain. Pelvic instability during pregnancy can be very annoying because you have a lot of pain when moving, sitting, lying or standing. So actually always. The bad news is that it can not be prevented or treated effectively. However, you can reduce pelvic pain by making a number of adjustments to your movements and activities.
What is pelvic instability?
The pelvis consists of 3 bones that are connected with 3 joints. Various bands run over the joints to ensure that the bone pieces stay together. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin causes the ligaments and joints to relax and become more stretchable. The bones can then move more easily separately. This is necessary during delivery because this creates more space. The disadvantage is that the easing can cause overloading and damage to the tires and this can be a serious problem. These complaints are called pelvic instability.
When can you suffer from your pelvis?
With your first pregnancy you may experience pelvic instability around the 20th week of your pregnancy. Have you ever been pregnant, then chances are you have previously experienced pelvic instability. The relaxation around your pelvis can then occur earlier. It can also happen that you do not get bothered until after delivery.
If you suffer from pelvic instability during pregnancy, it can take another six months to a year after your child's birth before you have recovered. Some women never recover 100%!
How can you recognize pelvic instability?
You can recognize pelvic instability by the following symptoms:
- Pain in the lower back, abdomen, tailbone, groin, pubis.
- Pain at the side or back of the upper legs.
- Morning stiffness.
- Pain when climbing stairs, turning around in bed, sitting for a long time, getting up and walking.
- In case of shocking movements, for example, while running or cycling over loads of bumps.
- Charge when you have to stand for a long time.
- Start pain: when you have been lying or sitting for a long time and you start moving, for example when you get up in the morning.
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Pelvic instability treatment
Unfortunately, there is no wonder drug against pelvic instability. There are only methods available that can alleviate the pelvic pain. It is very annoying, but it is good to accept the pain. There will not bring you bales all the time. Let yourself be well informed by your doctor, midwife or gynecologist. Sometimes a physical therapist can help to reduce the symptoms.
In addition, a good balance is needed between taking a rest and doing activities. Rest is necessary for your body to recover, but you also have to keep moving so that your muscles will not weaken. If you have a lot of trouble, you can better avoid certain sports, or maybe not even exercise, but keep on walking or cycling. Read in this blog what sports you can do during pregnancy.
Tips for pelvic instability during pregnancy for exercise, sitting and lying down
The tips below may reduce the load on your pelvis, causing the pelvic pain to decrease (hopefully) or at least make sure that you can handle it a little better.