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Symptoms of PGP

The main symptom that women report when they have pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is pain in and around their hips and pelvis, especially when:

  • walking/standing for long periods,
  • bending down,
  • climbing stairs, and
  • turning over in bed.

This means that it can affect virtually everything you do in a day, which has a major impact on your life. Women have shared with us that it can affect their work, caring responsibilities, sleep and intimacy with their partner in particular. 

This pain can be an ache, a sharp shooting pain or a deep muscle pain. You may also have a clicking or grinding feeling in your pelvic joints or in your hips. 

PGP can affect different women in different ways but here are some common areas where PGP can be felt:

PGP in a nutshell

Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a common condition affecting up to half of all women and birthing people during and/or after pregnancy.

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