Post-partum Back and Pelvic Pain

About the Study

Pregnancy-related low back and/or pelvic girdle pain (PLBPP) is a common musculoskeletal complication in pregnancy, with up to 80% of women experiencing some degree of back pain during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth. While symptoms typically resolve within the first 3 months after the birth, a proportion of women go on to develop chronic symptoms. Persistent back pain or problems have major personal and economic burden, and there is a need to focus more specifically on back pain among pregnant women as they may be particularly vulnerable to experiencing these symptoms.

Currently, little is known about persistent back problems (i.e. low back and/or pelvic girdle pain) occurring to pregnant women in Canada. The purpose of this study is to explore how women experience back and/or pelvic pain during pregnancy and after childbirth, particularly the perceived impact of the condition on their maternity experience and postpartum health and wellbeing, and how they have coped with and the perceived barriers in accessing needed care. 

How to participate

Have you had a baby in the last 12 months?

Do you have back or pelvic pain?

We are looking for recent mothers volunteers to take part in a study aiming to describe the lived experiences of mothers with PLBPP in Canada. As a participant in this study, you would be asked to take part in a telephone or face-to-face conversation/interview to describe your experiences with living with persistent PLBPP after child birth and also and complete a brief questionnaire

Your participation would involve one interview session, which will take approximately 45-60minutes.

In appreciation for your time, you will receive a Tim Horton’s gift card.

To be eligible to participate you need to be 18 years old or older, have given birth within the last 12 months, have back pain or related symptoms that has lasted more than 3 months postpartum and has affected your usual activities.

Interested? For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact:

Awe Oluwakemi, School of Public Health 

(306) 951 0248 

oluwakemi.awe@usask.ca