The Simple Truth about Pregnancy-Related Back / Pelvic Pain

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                                PREGNANCY PAIN                                  RELIEF

The simple truth about pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain is:

If your pelvis gets driven forward / downward in response to your baby’s front loaded weight, you will likely experience pregnancy-related back and/or pelvic pain.

If you can reset and then support your upright pelvis, you will likely be able to get sustained relief of your pregnancy-related discomfort.

Is it really this simple?

Yes, it is

Why is this?

When your pelvis is upright, gravity acts to tighten the ligaments that support your low back, pelvis, hips, and legs. This is your body’s natural position of comfort and stability.

When your pelvis is driven forward / downward, the ligaments that support your pelvis loosen and gravity now acts to draw your pelvic bones apart. This sets off a “chain reaction” that destabilizes your low back, pelvis, hips, and legs and renders you more vulnerable to developing pain.

What’s the best way to reset your upright pelvis and get relief?

Pelvic tilt exercises, which rock your pelvis back up and flatten the curve in your low back, are the best way to reset your upright pelvis and get relief.

If it is really this easy, why do so many women (maybe including yourself) do pelvic tilt exercises and still fail to get much relief?

The problem is that the common maternity pelvic tilt exercises, found online and often provided by health care practitioners, are not powerful enough the actually reset your upright pelvis.

What you need are more specialized pelvic tilt exercises which combine body positioning, muscle power, and leverage to help reset your upright pelvis.

Here is one of the special PELVIC TILT EXERCISES our patients use to reset their upright pelvis and get relief.

What if this specialized pelvic tilt exercise is not enough for you to get sustained relief?

Stay hopeful and don’t give up, this is a common complication that occurs with around 50% of my patients trying to relieve their pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain.

Most of the time, this means that your pelvis has become “too loose” either from the pregnancy hormones and/or overloaded from your baby’s front loaded weight to maintain its upright position as you function throughout the day.

The solution here is to add the use of a maternity garment that effectively supports your pelvis in its stable, upright position.

What we noticed with our patients is that the traditional maternity supports, which wrap horizontally around your low back and attach under your belly, are not particularly effective in supporting the upright pelvis and providing relief.

To solve this problem, we have developed a breakthrough new maternity support, called MaternaLIFT. By directly supporting the upright pelvis, our patients consistently report that MaternaLIFT is more effective in providing sustained relief as they function throughout the day.

Would you benefit from wearing MaternaLIFT?

Consult with your health care practitioner to help you develop your care plan to support your upright pelvis, and relieve your pregnancy-related pain. If your practitioner is unfamiliar with our special pelvic tilt exercise and/or MaternaLIFT, share this blog with them for their review.

If you are interested in purchasing a MaternaLIFT, go to our website at to order.

Kevin Hansen, M.P.T., is an obstetrics physical therapy specialist, who practices in Bellevue, Washington State.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.


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