Relaxin’s job (amongst other things) is to loosen the pelvic joints and ligaments to accommodate the baby and prepare for the inevitable birth. If you already have naturally loose joints and ligaments like me (hyper-mobility I believe is the technical name) then this added flexibility results in a floating pelvis which provides no support and leaves you hobbling round like a cripple watching CSI Miami repeats at 2am because you are in too much pain to sleep. I wish I was being dramatic, some people even end up on crutches or wheel chair bound from the condition.
This week I have started to feel the first real twinges of PGP and have had my first proper sleepless night. I was hoping I may escape this time round as each pregnancy affects women differently but the tell tell signs are there. I am being proactive and have booked an appointment with my Osteopath and intend to have regular sessions throughout the second half of my pregnancy to try and keep my naughty pelvis in check – coupled with sciatic nerve pain I have had for months this should be interesting!