The left and right bones of your pelvic bones are joined at the front by a narrow section of cartilage and ligament. This is called the pubic symphysis. As the pelvic bones loosen during pregnancy, the pubic symphysis can temporarily separate. This is not a dangerous condition, but can be painful.
You can feel the pubic symphysis by pressing on your lower front pelvic bone, just above your genital area. Your health professional can tell when it is separated or misaligned simply by pressing on it. You can realign your pubic symphysis with exercise and pelvic support devices.
A separated pubic symphysis can take 3 to 8 months to heal on its own but sometimes never heals properly. For most women with this condition, pain or discomfort remains for months after childbirth.