It is estimated that nearly 30% of pregnant women experience moderate to severe pelvic pain either during pregnancy or soon after delivery. This is astonishing considering the nearly 6.4 million pregnancies in the U.S. annually. Many of these women are told that this type of pelvic pain is an expected characteristic of pregnancy and that the only way to relieve the pain is to deliver the baby.
Early in pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes radical structural changes. Important hormones are released into the bloodstream causing ligaments, such as the Pubic Symphysis, to relax and stretch. This is a critical and natural step in preparing a woman's pelvis to expand properly during the delivery process. Although crucial for delivery, this relaxation of ligaments often causes premature instability of the pelvis. For many women, the lower back pain and pelvic pain of pregnancy is directly related to this relaxation and stretching of pelvic ligaments. These structural changes can last for months and occasionally years after delivery.