Is there no end to the many ailments pregnant women must know about? From gestational diabetes to preeclampsia, sometimes it feels like you need a nursing degree just to conceive. In addition to these and other concerns, pregnant women should know the signs of symphysis pubis dysfunction, as this ailment can cause a significant amount of pain during pregnancy.
To understand this condition, it helps to first review a little about anatomy. The symphysis pubis is a joint formed at the meeting point of the pubic bones, according to Baby Center. It's one of those things you likely never had to think about, just a joint that exists in your pelvic area. But during pregnancy, the ligaments that hold this area in line sometimes become too loose, causing the symphysis pubis to become unstable, according to What To Expect, resulting in symphysis pubis dysfunction. Unfortunately, it is a common malady. According to Tommy's, symphysis pubis dysfunction may affect as many as 1 out of every 5 pregnant women. (Estimates for the condition's frequency can vary greatly, however.) If the following symptoms sound at all familiar to your situation, then see a doctor for advice. Specific exercises and other treatments can reduce the pain and help you get through the rest of your pregnancy in peace.