A lot of research into pelvic girdle pain is published. On this page we mention the conclusions of recent English-language studies with regard to pelvic girdle pain/pregnancy/labor/exercises/comorbiditiCes. If you are interested, follow the link of the abstract or the free online article.

Continuing to run during pregnancy has no effect on gestational age or birthweight centile. However, higher of assisted vaginal deliveries were found in women who ran

‘Continuing to run during pregnancy does not appear to affect gestational age or birthweight centile, regardless of mean weekly distance or stage of pregnancy. Assisted vaginal delivery rates were higher in women who ran, possibly due to increased pelvic floor muscle tone. Randomised prospective analysis is necessary to further explore these findings.’

full text Kuhrt et al, 2018

No rationale for the prescription of exercises to enhance contraction of Transverse Abdominals in patients with long-lasting pregnancy-related PGP

‘Significant excessive contraction of the TrA is present during ASLR in patients with long-lasting pregnancy-related posterior PGP. The present findings do not support the idea that contraction of the TrA is decreased in long-lasting pregnancy-related PGP. This implies that there is no rationale for the prescription of exercises to enhance contraction of TrA in patients with long-lasting pregnancy-related PGP.’

full Text Mens et al, 2017

Nigerian incidence of PGP was found to be 57.6%

‘The incidence of LBPs and pelvic girdle pains was high and found to be 34.3% and 57.6%, respectively. Analgesics were used especially among those with severe pains. There was an incidental finding of urinary incontinence among pregnant women with complaints of low back/pelvic girdle pains. There was no statistically significant association between LBPs and maternal BMI.’

full text Usman et al, 2017

Health professionals: pay attention to the fact that pregnant women access Web-based discussion forums for support and information

‘The popularity of Web-based discussion forums among pregnant women suggests that this group needs additional sources of information and support to complement traditional consultations with the health professionals. The professionals need to recognize that pregnant women access Web-based discussion forums for support and information to increase their ability to take better health decisions for themselves. This is a potential resource that health professionals may find useful in consultations with pregnant women.’

full text Haukeland Fredriksen et al, 2016

During pregnancy and in the postpartum period researchers measured the Intra Rectal DIstance (IRD) in two groups of primigravida women. Training crunches during pregnancy significantly narrowed the IRD, in contrast to the drawing in exercise

‘Overall, there was a contrasting effect of the 2 exercises, with the abdominal crunch exercise consistently producing a significant narrowing of the IRD. In contrast, the drawing-in exercise generally led to a small widening of the IRD.’

abstract Mota et al, 2015  

Unfavourable clinical course postpartum did not appear to depend on self-reported PGP, pain locations in the pelvis, or response to clinical tests at gestation week 30

‘PGP prevalence remained unchanged from 12 weeks to one year postpartum (31-30%). Physical functioning (PF)  and  bodily pain(BP) scores improved markedly from Gravity Week 30 to 12 weeks postpartum, and marginally thereafter. The most afflicted women at GW30 experienced largest improvement.’ ‘PF and BP scores improved markedly from GW30 to 12 weeks postpartum, and marginally thereafter. Despite high PGP prevalence one year postpartum, most women recovered in terms of PF and BP scores. Unfavourable clinical course postpartum did not appear to depend on self-reported PGP, pain locations in the pelvis, or response to clinical tests at GW30.’

abstract Robinson et al, 2014

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