Many women experience low back pain, headaches arising from the neck and pelvic girdle pain (PGP), previously know as symphysis pubis pain (SPD), during pregnancy. This quite often makes what should be an exciting and enjoyable time very uncomfortable and miserable. Many expectant mothers are told to put up with this as it is to be expected when they are pregnant.
There are several reasons for pain to occur during pregnancy; one being the hormonal and physical changes that are happening to the body, but another and often ignored reason is poor musculoskeletal health that was already present prior to becoming pregnant.
Our sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise often means that the body struggles to cope with the strain of the pregnancy and as a result many women suffer unwanted pain and discomfort.
It has also been shown that poor musculoskeletal health and lack of fitness can increase labour time and often results in assisted deliveries and therefore higher risk of birth trauma to both the mother and the baby.
Common musculoskeletal complaints related to pregnancy can include: