Pubic Pain is something I commonly see in the Physiotherapy clinic during pregnancy and some people find it really hard to describe. My vagina hurts, the bony bit hurts or when I stand on one leg to put my underwear on it really hurts! and I feel like I'm going to fall over.
It can come on early during pregnancy or late, either way it doesn't mean it has to be there for the length of your pregnancy nor does it mean your labour will be more difficult or painful.
Here's a few tips you can use at home to relieve your pain.
Your pubic symphysis is the ligament that joins your pubic bones together at the front. During pregnancy your body has the hormone Relaxin in elevated levels, this help your ligaments and soft tissue relax. This is normal and needed during pregnancy as your body is preparing you for labour. This ligament along with others will stretch during labour and allows your pelvis to expand to help your baby out. Unfortunately a few large muscles attach at the pubic bone and as it's loosening these muscles can move it slightly causing you a lot of pain.
There are a few things that can happen around your pelvis at the front and the back that can cause this pain but here's a few tips I give my clients to do at home to address your pubic bone pain.
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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