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As your pregnancy progresses, you may develop aches and pains in your
hips and pelvic area. This is a normal sign that your pelvic girdle is
preparing for childbirth. Pregnancy hormones are relaxing your
ligaments, loosening up your pelvic bones so they can
shift and open for childbirth.
For pelvic girdle pain, you can use acupuncture or learn pelvic
stabilizing exercises from a physical therapist. These exercises strengthen the
muscles that support your pelvis. Both acupuncture and stabilizing exercises
have been shown to reduce pelvic pain during pregnancy.1
To help manage pelvic and hip pain at home, try the following.
Elden H, et al. (2005). Effects of acupuncture and
stabilising exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with
pelvic girdle pain: Randomised single blind controlled trial. BMJ, 330(7494): 761.
July 23, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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