I FEEL YOUR PAIN....I had pelvic girdle & started to develop it around week 34 but just upper thigh pain in one leg so didn't realise it was the start of the condition. It got worse when the bump dropped. I left work shortly before it started to get debilitating and I was pretty much a hermit last 3 weeks as walking was so painful. I got out in car to visit people but could not get round the supermarket.
I was taking paracetamol every 6 hrs but still only masked the pain a little.
I spoke to my MW and she didn't put in my notes, I didn't ask for a referral as earlier in the pregnancy I had rib pain (before the baby dropped) and the GP told me 6 months for referral, this was so painful at time I cried frequently and thought I was going to Have to take early Mat Leave.
I birthed 2 weeks ago and there is light at the end of the tunnel, my pelvis is closing again, am a little stiff but this is a MARKED improvement on prenatal pain and suffering. If I am still not happy with the pelvis etc come the 6 wk check i will ask for referral then as my Sacral-Iliac joint is weak anyway & I have paid privately to fix this a few times. If they cannot refer or takes forever I will then pay to put it right.
My advice is to you is.....knees together when manoeuvring like getting out of bed, getting out of car, they recommended sitting on a plastic bag if your struggle to spin. Support your bump & have something between your knees when laying down to keep pelvis aligned. Take care climbing stairs, lifting is pretty much a no no, avoid activities that make if worse like Hoovering, don't stand for long periods (Basically you need to get more help from partner....mine was fantastic as he could see how much pain I was in...so much for when I am on mat leave I'll get dinner ready blah blah blah....I just couldn't stand over a stove)
Take paracetamol as you need it. I know many women worry about taking it in pregnancy but stress hormones through pain are not good for your baby and paracetamol is safe.
I accounted for PGP in my birth plan but positioning and water was not a consideration in the end, getting baby delivered was and yes at first my hips very sore from how my legs were positioned however would it have felt like that post partum regardless? Probably but to a lesser degree? Everyone in the ward waddled and looked stiff.
If you need to know anything else please ask Xx