Pubic bone pain

■ 3rd trimester

Some pregnant women are troubled by pain in the pubic bone. The sensation may be mild or sharp and feel like an ache or a bruise. The pain is caused by softening and loosening of your tissues and joints. As the cartilage that connects the two pubic bones in the center of your pelvis softens, your pubic bone may feel very sore when you're moving or walking. Some pregnant women feel this more than others, and some have it only later in their pregnancy. Pubic bone pain should disappear within a few weeks after you give birth.

■ Prevention and self-care for pubic bone pain

To ease the discomfort of pubic bone pain, consider wearing a girdle or support pantyhose. It may also help to apply warmth to the area or take a warm bath.

■ When to seek medical help for pubic bone pain

Very rarely, pubic bone pain may be caused by an inflammation of the joint that leads to some destruction of the tissues, called osteitis pubis. In this situation, the pain is constant, gets worse and may be accompanied by fever. If these signs and symptoms develop, contact your health care provider.

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