Let’s face it – pregnancy can be a pain in the butt . . . and belly . . . and back. Now a Bond University team has launched an extensive research project involving 60 pregnant women and 120 new mothers to ascertain the effectiveness of SRC Shorts on the management of prenatal and postnatal pain.


SRC Pregnancy Shorts, compression shorts designed like bike pants for mums-to-be, are said to reduce a number of issues involved with prenatal and postnatal pain. Physiotherapist and Bond PhD Student Jaclyn Szkwara and Bond University Professor of Physiotherapy, Dr Wayne Hing, are undertaking the research.


“The aim of the research is to evaluate the use of the pregnancy shorts on prenatal management of pain including pelvic girdle pain, lower back pain and vulval varicosities from gestational weeks sixteen to 31,” said Jaclyn.


“It will also assess the effectiveness of the SRC Recovery Short on postnatal pain as associated with caesarean delivery and vaginal delivery, as well as a decrease in the separation of the abdominal muscles within six to eight weeks of delivery.


Jaclyn Szkwara (3)Both the prenatal and postnatal studies are divided into two groups – those who receive physiotherapy treatment and wear the SRC shorts, and those who receive physio only.


Mrs Szkwara said compression garments have been widely studied in areas such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, leg oedema and sports, but the use of compression garments and their effectiveness during pregnancy and postnatal has not been researched.


Interested in participating? You’ll be monitored for six to eight weeks, and complete online forms fortnightly to register your results.


“Participants will complete functional capacity questionnaires, monitor and comment in a diary on their temperature at allocated intervals while wearing the shorts and rate their pain using a numeric pain rating scale,” said Jaclyn.


If you’re keen to get involved in the study, contact Jaclyn at jaszkwar@bond.edu.au or 0406 764 240.


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Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.