Study design. A follow-up study of women with pelvic pain during pregnancy. Objectives. To evaluate prognostic factors for pelvic pain. Methods. Out of a cohort of 870 pelvic pain patients, 598 women, who delivered less than 42 months prior to the follow-up measurement, were selected for follow-up. Results. Data of 430 women were available for analysis with a mean follow-up duration of 18 months postpartum. Forty-three women still experienced moderate or severe pain and were seriously hindered in more than one activity. At intake symptomatic women experienced a higher overall severity of complaints, more walking deficiencies, and mentioned prepregnancy back pain more often and reported labor lasting longer than 18 h 2.5 times more often than asymptomatic women. Explained variance of these factors is small. Conclusions. Mean 18 months postpartum a small group had moderate or severe pain. Prepregnancy back pain, severity of complaints, and number of walking deficiencies at primary referral as well as duration of labor showed a significant relation with symptoms.

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Keywords Back pain, Pelvic pain, Pregnancy, Prognostic factors
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Journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Röst, C, Jacqueline, J, Kaiser, A, Verhagen, A.P, & Koes, B.W. (2006). Prognosis of women with pelvic pain during pregnancy: A long-term follow-up study. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 85(7), 771–777. doi:10.1080/00016340600626982