Prevalence of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and associated factors in Australia: A cross-sectional study protocol

Dragana Ceprnja, Lucinda Chipchase, Amitabh Gupta

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Introduction Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) is a common musculoskeletal disorder. Women with PPGP report difficulty performing everyday functional activities, such as standing and walking. However, the magnitude of the problem remains unknown in Australia. It is important to determine how many women are affected by this condition and the factors associated with PPGP as this will direct healthcare services to being able to better manage women during pregnancy. Thus, this study aims to determine the prevalence of PPGP and associated factors in a Western Sydney population. Methods and analysis This study is a cross-sectional study to be conducted at a single hospital in Australia. Participants will be over 18 years of age, between 14 and 38 weeks gestation and recruited randomly from all pregnant women attending antenatal care. Participants will have anthropomorphic measures recorded, such as height and body weight, and be asked to complete questionnaires about their current pregnancy, sociodemographic information, ethnoculture, occupational factors and participation in functional activities. The classification of PPGP will be made as per the published guidelines and will include a physical examination.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere018334
Number of pages6
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

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This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See:


  • epidemiology
  • maternal medicine
  • obstetrics
  • pelvic girdle pain
  • pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP)


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