Pregnancy Education Series : Pubic Symphysis Pain During Pregnancy

In this post in our series of pregnancy education blogs, we talk about Pubic Symphysis pain.

So, What Is Pubic Symphysis Pain

The pubic symphysis is a joint at the front of your pelvis (between your pubic bones) connecting the two halves of the pelvic ring. During pregnancy, hormonal changes loosen the ligaments preparing your pelvis for childbirth.

This increased flexibility and movement in the pelvic joints can lead to the joint becoming irritated and inflamed. Pubic symphysis pain is essentially pain at the front of your pelvis where your pubic bones join.

FYI pubic symphysis pain (PSP) and symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD) are different names for the same condition.

Signs And Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of PSP are

  • Pain and discomfort in the pubic area (pubic bone, groin, hips or lower abdomen)
  • Pain ranging from a dull ache to sharp, shooting sensations
  • Pain irritated by walking, standing from a seated position, spreading the legs, climbing stairs, getting in and out of the car, turning over in bed

Management Of PSP

At phyx., our maternal health physios know that pregnancy can be tough on your body. We’re here to help support you and your body as it changes through each stage of your pregnancy and beyond.

Physio can help with hands on treatment, provide gentle exercises (particularity pelvic floor exercises to support the pelvic region), give individualized advice, and recommend supportive devices if indicated (eg SRC range or belly bands).

Read more about pregnancy physiotherapy here.

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