Pelvic girdle pain is pain in the region of the pelvis and groin and is often related to pregnancy or being pregnant. Walking, using stairs and sitting with the legs crossed are most commonly the things that aggravate this the most. Physiotherapy treatment includes manual therapy, using belts and braces to help with the pain, and exercises to strengthen the muscles around your pelvis.
During pregnancy, your pelvis will change shape by widening to accommodate the weight of the baby and this can place an increase in strain on the joints between your pelvic bones and sacrum (sacroiliac joint). This can create pain in the lower back area, refer down the backs of the legs and be aggravated with lying on your back or single leg activities (lunges, standing on one leg). Treatment for SIJ instability involves specific rehabilitation strengthening the muscles around the pelvis and bracing the area with an SIJ belt. The team at Performance Medicine recommend the Ingrig Mitton belt and can fit you appropriately for this belt.
During pregnancy, to support the growth of your baby you may have an increase in your blood volume by 30-50%. This is a lot more fluid in the body and may become pooled in your lower limbs as your body tries to manage the increase in fluid (and weight of your baby).
Effective treatment for lower limb swelling is pregnancy massage or myotherapy to assist the fluid back to your thorax and ease your discomfort.