Easing Pelvic Girdle Pain with the CUB

Some people develop pelvic pain in pregnancy. This is sometimes called pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).

The CUB can be a useful tool in alleviating pelvic pain in pregnancy and is recommended by physiotherapists for those suffering from Pelvic Girdle Pain. The CUB has also been included in the Cork University Maternity Hospital guidelines for managing PGP and lower back pain. The CUB is especially useful during labor and birth to rest and lean over without causing additional discomfort.

1 in 5 women suffer from PGP in pregnancy

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What is Pelvic Girdle Pain?

PGP is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms in your pelvic joints that can have more than one cause. It is common but not normal and can affect 1 in 5 women during pregnancy.  Some of the causes of PGP may include:

 

  • Uneven movement of the pelvic joints
  • Changes in the activity of the tummy, pelvic girdle, hip and / or pelvic floor muscles can affect the stability of the pelvic girdle
  • Previous injury to the pelvis
  • Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy
  • The position of the baby can cause symptoms related to PGP in some women

PGP requires appropriate assessment by a physiotherapist and can be managed to minimize the pain experienced.

Using the CUB with Pelvic Girdle Pain

with Jeorgia Cook

*If you experience any pain or discomfort during pregnancy you must contact your healthcare provider for appropriate assessment. Do not use the information on this website to diagnose or treat any symptom or pain, this information is for reference purpose only

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