When you are pregnant, you may get aches and pains in your
hips and pelvic area. This is a normal sign that your pelvic area is
preparing for childbirth. (This area is also called the pelvic girdle.) Pregnancy hormones are relaxing your
ligaments. This loosens up your pelvic bones so they can
shift and open for childbirth.
For pelvic girdle pain, you can try acupuncture treatments. Or you can learn pelvic
stabilizing exercises from a physical therapist. These exercises strengthen the
muscles that support your pelvis. Both acupuncture and stabilizing exercises
have been shown to reduce pelvic pain during pregnancy.footnote 1
To help manage pelvic and hip pain at home, try these tips.
CitationsElden H, et al. (2005). Effects of acupuncture and stabilising exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: Randomised single blind controlled trial. BMJ, 330(7494): 761.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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