After Childbirth: Pelvic Bone Problems


You may have pelvic bone problems after childbirth. Some problems include:

  • Pelvic girdle pain. During pregnancy the extra weight from your growing baby puts more strain on your pelvic bones and joints. This can cause pain and discomfort. After childbirth the pain usually improves over several months.
  • Separated pubic symphysis. The left and right bones of your pelvic girdle are joined at the front by a narrow section of cartilage and ligament. This is called the pubic symphysis or symphysis pubis. As the pelvic bones loosen during pregnancy, the pubic symphysis can separate. This isn't dangerous, but it can be painful. It can take several months for the pain to improve. Sometimes it can take a couple of years to fully heal.

Treatment for these problems can include using heat or ice, massage, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help with pain. Using a pelvic support brace or doing physical therapy can also help.

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Current as of: July 10, 2023

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