During pregnancy, the hips spread in preparation for birth. The symphysis joint, in particular, opens up to an inch during labor. When this joint doesn’t come back together properly, there can be an issue with a second pregnancy. That’s why Symphysis Pubis Disorder is most common in multiparous women (women who have had more than one pregnancy). It’s also a common disorder for women who are overweight, those with weak abductors, or those who are generally not in great physical health in weeks 32 to 35 of their pregnancies. The team at Pierce Chiropractic is dedicated to giving women the tools they need to make the best choices for their bodies and their pregnancies.
Exercising before, after, and during your pregnancy can help reduce your chances of developing Symphysis Pubis Disorder.
Keeping your psoas loose and well-balanced will help strengthen your abductors, making it easier for your symphysis joint to come back together.
When your body comes back together properly after delivery, your postnatal life is that much more enjoyable.
Although the pain presents in the hip or groin and seems to shoot down the leg, the problem actually starts in the abductors. Because the pain runs down the leg, it also contributes to the knee pain felt during pregnancy.
The symphysis joint comes together improperly after a first pregnancy
Lack of activity or exercise during pregnancy
Being overweight during pregnancy
Weak abductor strength