Pelvic Joint Pain and Pregnancy

Growing another person may be a thrilling experience, but for many expectant mothers backache and pelvic joint pain are a common side effect.

What causes joint pain?

As your baby grows, the hollow in your back may become more pronounced causing you to suffer from backache. This is partially due your ligaments becoming softer and stretching in preparation for labour.

Now if this sounds like you, then they are a number of methods you can try to help prevent backache and offer your body natural joint pain relief:

  1. Avoid lifting heavy objects – if you do need to pick something up bend your knees and keep your back straight. Similarly, balance any weight you carry. For instance distribute shopping bags evenly between your hands.
  2. Move your feet – avoid twisting your spine and instead move your feet when turning around.
  3. Shoes – opt for flat shoes as they will ensure that your weight is evenly distributed. After all, the bigger your bump gets, the more front heavy you will become making it harder for you to balance in heels.
  4. Posture – sit with your back straight and keep it well supported. Cushions are a good tool for this, but if you work long hours in an office investing in a chair back support can offer you more comfort.
  5. Mattress – using a firm mattress can help to relieve backache and ensure you stay rested.

Unfortunately your back is not the only place to experience discomfort.

Pelvic joint pain

During pregnancy your body produces the hormone relaxin with the purpose of softening your joints in preparation for birth. However, for 1 in 35 women this hormone causes your ligaments to stretch and soften (by an extra 2-3mm) causing intense pain.

Localising in your pubic area, groin, inner thighs and lower back and hips; this pain can become excruciatingly painful when you walk, climb the stairs or turn over in your bed, especially if it is left untreated.

If that does happen, it is important that you go to the doctors as you could be suffering from pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).

You see, whilst your pelvis may appear to be one fixed circle of bone, it is in fact made up of 4 separate bones joined together. So should they become slightly misaligned you could be left feeling stiff and unable to walk comfortably.

Now in most instances, gentle exercise and rest can help to alleviate this joint pain and give you natural joint pain relief; however if it continues you may need to see a doctor.

With their support they can offer you a range of different treatments. 

  • If you are pregnant, get an appointment with an obstetric physiotherapist who should be able to offer you a pelvic support garment
  • As well as some gentle exercises that will strengthen the supportive muscles in your joints
  • If you are pregnant, you can take paracetamol to experience joint pain relief; however before you try anything else speak to a doctor as a lot of medication is inadvisable whilst you are pregnant.
  • Try chiropractic and osteopathy therapies
  • Get plenty of rest and do not push yourself to much

Pelvic joint pain does not have to destroy your enjoyment of being pregnant. Simply remember to take care of yourself and go to your doctors if it becomes too uncomfortable.


This article was written by Crispin Jones. Crispin’s wife is currently pregnant and is suffering with both pelvic joint and back pain. For this reason he is looking for natural and harmless means of natural pain relief. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?

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