[Pregnancy associated pelvic pain. I: Prevalence and risk factors]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2000 Sep 4;162(36):4808-12.
[Article in Danish]


With this study, we wanted to determine the incidence of symptom-giving pelvic girdle relaxation during pregnancy and the prevalence post partum, identify predisposing factors, and determine the frequency of sick leave. A total of 1600 pregnant women entered the study. The incidence during pregnancy was 14%, the prevalence two, six, and twelve months post partum was 5%, 4%, and 2%, respectively. Multivariate analysis indicated that the most important predisposing factor was pelvic pain in a previous pregnancy. Other factors were uncomfortable working conditions, lack of exercise, and previous low back and low abdominal pain. At least 37% of the women with symptom-giving pelvic girdle relaxation were on sick leave during pregnancy, on average for twelve weeks. Symptom-giving pelvic girdle relaxation is a considerable problem both in pregnancy and post partum. The occupational risk can possibly be prevented. The syndrome has a great social impact because of the high frequency of sick live.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cohort Studies
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Joint Instability / epidemiology
  • Joint Instability / etiology
  • Joint Instability / physiopathology
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects
  • Pelvic Pain / epidemiology*
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Puerperal Disorders / epidemiology
  • Puerperal Disorders / etiology
  • Puerperal Disorders / physiopathology
  • Risk Factors
  • Sick Leave
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires