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Postpartum Pelvic and Pubic Symphysis Pain

Find Postpartum Pelvic Pain Relief

Labor and delivery can take a toll on a woman’s body. If you’re suffering from postpartum pain, especially acute pelvic pain, you may have a condition called postpartum pelvic pubic symphysis. It’s a long name for a pelvic and pubic pain. It can be very distressing for a new mom, but you don’t have to live with the pain. We believe the first step to recovering your health after giving birth is understanding what’s causing your pain, so you can get the help you need.

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What Is Postpartum Pubic Symphysis Pain?

The pubic symphysis joint is the most forward-facing part of a woman’s pelvis, or pelvic girdle. It consists of 2 pubic bones and a cartilage disc that sits in between the two pubic bones. Postpartum pubic symphysis pain, also known as pubic symphysis diastasis or pubic symphysis dysfunction (SPD), happens when there is a gap between the two pubic bones after delivery. Normally, there is no gap between the bones.

But during pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called relaxin that among other things, softens the ligaments surrounding the pubic symphysis. This is to prepare your pubic joint to have the flexibility needed for labor and delivery. The pubic joint separates to allow your baby to be born vaginally. For most women, the joint gap closes after the baby is born. But for others, the separation of the bones is larger and causes acute pain.

Risk Factors for Pubic Symphysis Pain

Pubic symphysis pain can happen to any woman after giving birth, but your risk increases if:

  • You had a forceps delivery.
  • The birth was rapid.
  • You did physically strenuous work during pregnancy.
  • Increased maternal age.
  • You have a history of difficult deliveries.

Is postpartum pelvic pain normal?

A certain amount of postpartum pelvic pain is normal. You may feel sore, or a little achy. But the pain from a pelvic symphysis separation is not normal. A pubic symphysis separation can make it hard to walk, let alone take care of your newborn baby. You may not even be able to roll over in bed at night without extreme pain.

Symptoms of Pubic Symphysis Pain

There are several pain symptoms specific to pubic symphysis separation, including:

  • Shooting pain in your lower pelvis area
  • Lower back pain that radiates into your groin area, thigh or leg, or abdomen
  • Pain with certain movements such as standing on one leg or climbing stairs

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, reach out for help.

How Cima Health Can Help

Cima Health provides restorative, lifelong solutions that target the root cause of your postpartum pain. Your care will start out with a comprehensive analysis that will allow us to tailor treatments to your needs and goals. We may also ask questions about your labor and delivery, how much sleep you’re getting, work and home life, medications you take, lifestyle, and habits before making recommendations for an integrative plan of care. Together, we come up with non-invasive and alternative treatments that can help you find post-partum pelvic pain relief as well as postpartum joint pain and back pain. We also hope to inspire you to achieve whole-body wellness.

Diagnosing and treating postpartum pain involves several treatment modalities, all of which you can receive in one location. They include:

Let’s take a look at how each of these areas works together to provide you with better health and inspires you to make lifestyle changes to prevent problems in the future.

Chiropractic Care

Regular chiropractic care can help prepare your body for childbirth and reduce complications. Dr. Natalie specializes in prenatal and postnatal care to help women before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth. Regular adjustments help you find pregnancy pain relief and postpartum pain relief, naturally.

With regard to SPD, Dr. Natalie can do specialized pelvic adjustments to help prevent pelvic pain and assist you with having a natural childbirth. She can also help you find back pain and joint pain relief during your pregnancy and postpartum period. In addition, chiropractic adjustments can relieve you of any aches and pains you’re having that are keeping you from resuming an active lifestyle.

And we welcome you to bring your new baby and your other children to all of your appointments. Dr. Natalie also provides pediatric care to help your children grow up strong and healthy!

Functional Medicine

In many cases, a new mom sacrifices her own health and devotes all of her time to the new baby. Our functional medicine team helps you realize that taking care of yourself will make you a better mom, and help your baby at the same time. We will run a blood chemistry analysis which will show any hormonal imbalances or nutrient deficiencies you may have in the postpartum period. The analysis will also indicate if you have any underlying conditions as well.

After a comprehensive analysis, we’ll develop a nutritional plan and healthy diet that can help restore balance and restore your health. This is because specific nutrients, dietary patterns, and overall nutrition can help support

Physical Fitness

Regular exercise, especially when combined with a healthy diet, can help you with postpartum weight loss, as well as help relieve some of your aches and pains. We’ll work closely with you and Dr. Natalie to tailor an exercise routine that helps strengthen your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, as well as strengthen your core.

As your ligaments, joints, and the rest of your body bounces back from labor and delivery, we’ll gradually introduce more strenuous exercises to get you back to your pre-baby body. Our physical fitness team of personal trainers can help develop an exercise regimen tailored to you that boosts your energy and helps you feel good about yourself.

Massage Therapy

Postpartum massage therapy has several benefits besides stress reduction and relieving the aches and pains associated with the postpartum recovery period, lifting your baby and their infant carrier, and more. Specific postpartum massage benefits include:

  • Reduced swelling
  • Hormone regulation
  • Better sleep
  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Help with C-section recovery

Make massage a part of your postpartum self-care and reap the benefits.

Aesthetic Treatments

If any woman ever deserved a little pampering, a new mom does. You carried a baby for 9 long months, and your labor and delivery were an exhausting, yet uplifting experience. Now that your baby is here, you’re tired a lot of the time, and maybe struggle to find the time to shower.

Carving out some time for yourself is vital to good self-care. What better way to relax and let go of your stress than to have a relaxing facial or other aesthetic services after your massage? You deserve it!

What Our Clients Are Saying

Huge fan of Dr Natalie! I went to her a couple times throughout my pregnancy & she helped me with back pain & to sleep so much better all the way to the end. Now taking my son to her for wellness! She is so good with babies & she even made us comfortable when I needed to feed my son in the middle of our appointment. Great experience every time. Cortney C.
I went to Dr. Natalie when I was pregnant because I was having pain in my pelvis and she helped me manage it very well. Also, we uncovered another issue with my hip alignment and linked that to the jaw pain I had for more than 5 years. I cannot wait to go again to start treating my jaw pain with Dr. Natalie! Jen
I can't recommend Dr. Natalie enough!! First started going to her to try to induce labor (delivered at 41+5), and always felt better mentally and physically after our appointments. Now 2 weeks pp she not only adjusted me and my baby (which wow did I need!) but she took time out of her day to patiently sit with us to help me latch and feed my son for the first time! Coached me through doing it once we got home and gave me the encouragement and support to have the fortitude to make it through the night. Now we are breastfeeding like pros and I have Dr. Natalie to thank for saving this special relationship for us ❤️❤️❤️ Monica R.
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If you’re ready to find postpartum pain relief, feel better, and live a healthy life, we can help. Book an appointment today to take the first step towards a pain-free life and get a treatment plan tailored to you and your baby.


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