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Pregnancy and Postpartum-Related Pain

  • Colleen M. Fitzgerald


The childbearing period is a time of remarkable reproductive and musculoskeletal change. Traditionally, women have been advised by both health care providers and other women that pain is a “normal” consequence of this life experience and a hardship that is simply a rite of passage into motherhood. The evidence, however, suggests otherwise. Pain in pregnancy for many women can be disabling and can lead to chronic symptoms if left untreated. The purpose of this chapter is to elucidate the prevalence, etiology, diagnostic strategies, and effective treatments for pain-related diagnoses in pregnancy and postpartum. Particular attention will be given to lumbopelvic pain, the most common pregnancy-related musculoskeletal complaint.


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  • Colleen M. Fitzgerald
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  1. 1.Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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