Pelvic Girdle Pain, Pregnancy & Yoga

Pelvis illustration pelvic girdle pain in prenatal yoga

What is it?

During pregnancy women experience a dramatic increase in oestrogen, progesterone and other hormones. The hormone relaxin increases and this can cause mild to severe pelvic pain during pregnancy. These symptoms are known as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) and is quite common - 1 in 5 pregnant women will experience some form of this pelvic discomfort. The relaxin hormone is allowing the connective tissues to soften and allow space for the growing baby, but this can cause discomfort in the pelvis, lower back and SI joint. PGP can also be caused by a number of other issues, such hyper-mobility, imbalances in the pelvis, previous injuries etc. PGP can also flare up – so you may find at times it is worse than others.