Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
At the front of your pelvis, the hip bones come together at a cartilaginous junction called pubic symphysis. Pressure from your growing baby can sometimes cause misalignment of your hip bones, leading to stress on the pubic symphysis. This can cause significant discomfort known as symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).
The most common symptom is pain right at the front of your pelvis, around the area of the pubic bone. The pain, which can be sharp or a dull ache, is often felt at the front of your pelvis, around the pubic bone, and can spread to your lower back, hips, groin, or thighs. It can worsen with movement and you might even experience a clicking or grinding sensation in your pubic area.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJ Pain)
Another common source of discomfort during pregnancy is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, often referred to as SIJ pain. The sacrum is a bone at the very base of your spine, forming a joint with the pelvic bone known as the sacroiliac joint. This joint can sometimes be the culprit when it comes to pregnancy-related back pain. Although technically part of your pelvis, discomfort from SIJ pain is often felt in your lower back and can even radiate to the inside of your thigh and into your leg. We have plentiful experience, and sacroiliac joint pain responds well to acupuncture.
Round Ligament Pain
You might also be experiencing what’s known as Round Ligament Pain. As your baby grows, the round ligaments in your uterus stretch to accommodate this growth. This stretching can sometimes cause a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull ache in your lower abdomen. It’s a common part of pregnancy and a sign that your body is making room for your growing baby.
Acupuncture relieves pelvic pain
When it comes to pelvic pain during pregnancy, acupuncture can be particularly helpful. It has been shown to be effective, without any harmful side effects for you or your baby. This natural treatment can help to relieve the strain on muscles, ligaments and joints and reduce inflammation, which can alleviate pain.