Sometimes, pregnancy can be accompanied by pain in the lower front pelvis, usually later in pregnancy. The pain is felt at the symphysis pubis, where the two halves of the pelvis form a joint; this joint does not behave as a typical joint does, it really does not move much at all. However, with the hormone relaxin, all joints in a woman’s body move a bit more than usual including this one, which is especially important during vaginal delivery.
If the problem is related to how the sacroiliac joints are moving, then chiropractic care may be able to help. The sacroiliac joints are at the back of the pelvis, between the iliac portion of the pelvis and the right and left side of the sacrum. If the sacroiliac joints are not moving as they should, if they are slightly out of alignment, then the entire pelvic alignment can be shifted causing pressure and/or pain at the symphysis pubis.
What are the symptoms of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
Most often, the discomfort occurs over the pubic bone in the front, below your stomach, or across one or both sides of your lower back. Some women experience pain in their thighs and perineum. In pregnancy, the symptoms can be aggravated by the baby’s increasing weight, but it may get no worse.
Being in an unbalanced position can make the pain more noticeable such as when:
- Standing on one leg (such as when getting dressed)
- Going upstairs
- Turning over in bed
- Moving your legs apart such as when getting out of a car.
A chiropractor can assess the sacroiliac joint movement and the alignment of the symphysis pubis. If there is dysfunction, gentle adjustments can correct the problem, restoring normal function and easing the pain. And, with the hormone relaxin circulating, it only takes a gentle adjustment since the joints move easily. It should be noted that there is no pressure on the baby, just precise movements to the mother’s pelvis as needed.
Dr. Wright has had additional training and extensive experience with regards to pregnancy care and has seen this issue resolved many times with chiropractic care. If you have questions, please contact us at 902.444.3303.