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I first experienced PGP when I was pregnant with my eldest child. I was uncomfortable but it was manageable. After my son was born, I couldn’t stand still and was in a huge amount of pain. At this point, I didn’t realise this level of pain was not normal and it took 2 trips to the doctor to get some help.  

With my second child, I experienced PGP again. I didn’t really acknowledge how much pain I was in until I burst into tears at a midwife appointment. The PGP then restricted me hugely throughout my pregnancy and beyond.  

I found the mental battle of PGP really tough. I wanted to be able to do my normal activities and play with my son but I couldn’t. I found it hard to explain how much pain I was in until I spoke to a physio who validated how difficult PGP can be. This was the first time that I felt that somebody really understood.  

Post-birth my lower back caused me the most pain. Again, really restricting what I could do. I found ways to manage it but I was in pain daily and had to adapt a lot of things. I started playing netball again. Luckily, I could just stand and shoot. This did cause me pain but at this point I needed it for my mental health.  

Then finally, after physio, osteopath and strengthening my own body, I am now having some pain free days! I can do a lot more and I’m back playing netball (properly) and running!  

Getting treatment

PGP can be safely and effectively treated with hands-on individualised treatment, including manual therapy from a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor.

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