Wrong! Back and pelvic pain is common, but not a normal part of pregnancy. Many women will get late stage aches within the third trimester as their baby starts to engage and their posture changes, but to have pain that is affecting your daily activities in your first or second trimester shouldn’t be ignored. This is because we know that for some women this pain can continue long after pregnancy and can have significant impacts on life.


Getting treatment, advice and the right type of information early on is key and for many women back and pelvic pain will resolve or significantly improve. The main aim is to have an enjoyable pregnancy and to keep as active as possible throughout.

In addition to your regular hospital midwife or obstetrician led appointments, an assessment from a physiotherapist who specialises in pregnancy will aid in identifying any causes of pain and then direct treatment and give appropriate strategies to best manage this.

Simple steps:

  1. Seek help early
  2. Keep as active as possible, walking short distances or exercising in water can help. Check out our top tips on exercise during pregnancy.
  3. Change position regularly (for example if you’ve been sitting, standing up and moving after 30 minutes is ideal)
  4. Warmth can help with muscular pain so try using a heat pack or hot water bottle for 15 minutes on your lower back when sitting or lying down

If you are experiencing back or pelvic pain during your pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to speak to Sarah. Also do keep posted to the Pregnancy, post-natal and pelvic health ‘Zone’ or follow Sarah’s Facebook page for lots of advice and information.