As women progress and grow through their pregnancy, there are many changes that occur, including postural and pressure changes within the abdomen. These can contribute to many physical and functional issues, such as abdominal muscle weakness, pubic symphysis pain, sacroiliac joint pain, pelvic/groin pain, hip pain, low back pain, rib pain/discomfort, urinary incontinence and prolapse. These symptoms can be common during pregnancy but they are not normal.
Many of the issues that arise during pregnancy can be a result of postural changes and a weakening, or rather an un-coordinated group of core muscles (which includes the diaphragm, pelvic floor and transverse abdominal muscles). It can be helpful to learn about your posture, breathing pattern and coordination of your pelvic floor with your breath so you can move well throughout your pregnancy. If you are having any of the above symptoms, one of our physiotherapists can help to manage the changes that occur throughout your pregnancy and treat the injuries or dysfunction to keep you moving.