As any person who’s ever been pregnant can probably attest, musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy is not uncommon.

You might experience some pains in your lower back, knees, ankles, and hips. The third trimester can be particularly difficult because of these pains. There can be pains that linger into the post-partum period.

If you have hip pain, read on for more information.

The most common type of hip pain during pregnancy is pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), and it can range from mild to severe. PGP is pain that can occur in the front and back of your pelvis and may radiate to your hip or thigh.

It’s more common in late pregnancy, and it’s also more common in women with a history of low back pain or previous trauma to the pelvis or back.

It would go away after you give birth, but not always. After delivery, PGP may linger for a while. It can persist for some.

Everyone has different experiences with pain after a baby is born. There are some common symptoms.

  • Pain in your uterus.
  • It gets worse with activity.
  • Pain in your pubic area.
  • It shimmers across your back.

You might hear your hip joint click or feel it catch if you have a cause of the pain.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes and joint instability cause PGP. Experts say that when PGP continues into the postpartum period, it likely has other causes, such as reduced strength of the muscles in the abdominal and pelvic areas.

A labral tear is a possible cause of hip pain. The head of the thigh bone rests on the inside of your hip sockets. It can tear or wear away, causing some pain.

This injury develops over time under pressure. It can happen suddenly, but that is rare.

Other possible causes of postpartum hip pain include piriformis syndrome and hyperthyroidism. Arthritis is known to cause long-term hip pain and can also play a role in this situation.

If you have pain in the hip or groin area after giving birth, your doctor may want to run some tests to see if the problem is serious.

For example, you may need to undergo a straight leg raise test, which is often used to help diagnose people with lower back pain.

Other tests may include:

  • The pain in the Pelvic.
  • The pressure test is for sycosis.
  • Patrick is taking a test.
  • The test is modified.
  • The test is for the sacroiliac ligament.
  • “Gaenslen’s.”

Your doctor may run a variety of tests to find out which parts of your body are affected.

If your doctor determines that you have persistent PGP after childbirth, you can try a number of non surgical options to see if that helps alleviate some of the pain and discomfort.

  • bed rest
  • A binder or brace for the uterus.
  • Pain relief injections.
  • TENS is a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
  • Occupational therapy or physical therapy.

Strengthening exercises can be helpful, but you have to be careful. You may need to avoid exercising if you have pain, because there is a fine line between helpful and harmful.

Also, some evidence indicates acupuncture can provide pain relief, especially with other treatments.

In some cases, your doctor might discuss surgical options with you.

A 2019 study of PGP in postpartum women found that the most significant risk factors for this kind of pain persisting into the 6-month mark were pain intensity and disability during pregnancy.

If you had a lot of hip pain while you were pregnant, you may be more likely to experience hip pain in the post-partum period. If you have had persistent girdle pain during one pregnancy, that could increase your risk of having it again during a future pregnancy.

Some research suggests that a history of low back pain may also increase your risk, as well as dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles.

For many women with hip pain during pregnancy, the pain begins to improve during the postpartum period. For many of them, it levels off by around the 6-month mark.

It can linger, with no clear answer about the length of time. It can be very disruptive. It can make it hard for you to work as many hours as you want.

Some older research found that some women experience lingering back and pelvic pain as long as 3 years after childbirth.

And one 2016 study found that postpartum hip pain can linger even longer than that for some. Research indicates that 1 in 10 women with PGP during pregnancy experience severe pain 10 or 11 years later.

“If you have hip pain during your pregnancies, don’t ignore it, because the more severe the PGP is, the more likely it is to develop into long-term pain. If you ask about pain assessment tests and strategies you can ward off more pain later.”

If the pain makes you unable to carry out your daily activities, or if it makes you feel depressed, you should contact a doctor. They may want to run some pain provocation tests to determine the extent of your pain and then suggest treatment options.

If the postpartum months are not improving, it is time to contact a doctor.

Post- hip pain can affect your mobility and mood, which can affect your quality of life. If you have recently delivered a baby and are still experiencing pain in your hip area, please let your doctor know so he can discuss the best options for helping you manage and, hopefully, heal too.